Sweet Coumarin

Sweet Coumarin. You are for me the unforgettable and addictive smell of the end of Summer in Switzerland, when our farmers mow the green meadows to prepare the hay for Winter. Your sweet and intense fragrance is carried by the already cool evening air, together with the distant sound of the cowbells from the alpine pastures. What a nostalgic feeling!…

Sunny Lemon

Sunny Lemon. You are the beautiful hybrid-child of the ancient citron and a bitter orange. Your bright yellow color evokes summer and the southern lands where you prosper. Your fragrance, so fresh and energizing,  stimulates, but at the same time delivers a curious sense of peace and cleanliness. The origin of lemons is thought to be of Assam, at the border between India…

Tuber Magnatum

Tuber Magnatum. What a name for the most refined of all mushrooms?! Truffles, you are the diamonds of South European cuisine, especially French and Italian. I am writing this article in an antique apartment of Florence where  your intense flavor often escapes from some beautiful Trattoria, revealing your complex and carnal fragrant spectrum. Truffles grow underground, in the…

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…