Green Shiso

Green Shiso. You are the faithful companion and shroud of the fish in the sashimi dish. Your elegant  herbaceous savor complements so well the delicate flavor of the raw fish. The popularity of this Japanese dish made you famous overseas and raised the curiosity of the best noses in perfumery. Shiso is a relative of the mint, growing in…

Soothing Lavender

Soothing Lavender. I still remember the bags of dried lavender buds my mother was using to freshen and perfume our closets, and sometimes put under our pillows when we did not feel too well. Lavender is the essence of South Europe, the borders of the Mediterranean Sea. The fragrant grass was already cultivated by the…

Umami

Sweet and salty, sour and bitter, are the four well-known tastes recognized by humans. The first two are associated with pleasurable sensations when the latter are usually warning signs for our body. The upper surface of our tongue is covered with thousands of small bumps which transmit such gustatory perception to our brain. It is just a little more than…