Caramel

Caramel. You are the child of Sugar and Cream, born after a hot wedding night. Sweet you are, and your heavenly aroma transports us to paradise. Blond, light-brown, gold, amber, dark-brown, it seems you emulated the rainbow of our human race. Hard, soft, grained, chewy, enrobing or flowing, your nature is versatile, and your texture…

Sakura

Sakura, sakura,              (Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,) Ya-yo-I-no so-ra-wa,         (In the Spring sky,) Mi-watasu kagiri               (as far as eyes can see) Ka-su-mi-ka ku-mo-ka,    (is it fog or is it a cloud?) Ni-o-i-zo i-zu-ru                …

Primordial Magnolia

Primordial Magnolia. You are one of the first to announce Spring when other flowers are still lolling in the comfort of their bud. Your magnificence is on par with the magic of your fragrance. In spite of being one of the most ancient flowers known on our planet Earth, your beauty is still unaltered after almost one…

Fragrant Nails

Fragrant Nails. How many sailors and merchants died for you? How many others have made their fortune with your trade?  Your overpowering flavor and anesthetic properties made you a valued ingredient for oral hygiene and medicine to cure toothaches. As a spice, you transformed bland meat into tasty gravies and made desserts so delicious. Old Europe…

Calabrian Bergamot

Calabrian Bergamot. Were you truly the secret ingredient of the tea offered by a wealthy Mandarin of Fujian to the Prime Minister Charles Grey, or more realistically a convenient flavoring to enhance the aroma of a stale black pekoe that the Earl particularly appreciated? Legends abound around the origin of one of the most popular…

Ardent Frankincense

Ardent Frankincense. In your smoke the prayers of the faithful rise. Native of the Arabic Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, you are since the beginning of time linked with the rituals and religions of the cradle of the World. The Jews, the Greeks, and the Romans, calling you Olibanum,  have burnt you on sacred altars…

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon

Sweet & Spicy Cinnamon. You are the taste of winter. Either in mulled wine or sweet pastries, you give to the little ones and the grown-ups warmth and joy at this season. You are among the oldest spices known and treasured by the ancient civilizations of the Middle-East and Europe. The Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans, all considered you…

Mimosa

Mimosa. You are the first flower of the year, announcing Spring, embalming the Mediterranean hills and dotting them with your yellow puff-balls. You perfume the flower shops with your sweet and subtle scent. You look like hundreds of miniature Suns that warm up our hearts when they need it most, worn after a long and dark…

Star of Spices

Illicium Verum, you are the star of spices and also the star of our Scent & Flavor homepage. You are originated from China where you are called bājiao (八角), meaning eight horns. There, you are the secret of delicious gravies, usually combined with cassia, cloves, Sichuan peppers and fennel seeds in a five-spices seasoning. You…

Oakmoss

Oakmoss, or evernia prunastri, is a type lichen. Lichens are often called mosses or tree mosses, but they should not be confused with real mosses which are small flowerless green plants, growing in low carpets on wet soil. Lichens are neither fungi nor plants. They are strange organisms, an association between a fungus and an alga, where both parties cooperate for survival…