Eva and Carey discuss the science behind taste, theories about flavor pairings, and do an on-air tasting of foods with similar flavor components, as well as foods after a dose of miraculin.

Blue dye taste bud test.

Scientific American flavor map.

Cambridge flavor network.

Martin Lersch's Khymos blog.

Flavor pairings taste test:

  • black tea + green bell pepper/tomato
  • wheat beer + apple
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + parmesan cheese
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + milk chocolate
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + dark chocolate
  • port/dessert wine + milk chocolate
  • port/dessert wine + dark chocolate

Miraculin taste test (purchase Frooties!):

  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • apple
  • pickle/olive
  • mustard
  • rice wine vinegar
  • red wine
  • other recommendations: lime, hot sauce, sour ale (or really anything you're curious about!)


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