Tuesday, 12 April 2016

What's the most common flavour in the World?

Many people think flavourings are a modern invention, however it seems this is not the case.

People have been adding extra flavourings to their cooking to improve the flavour of their food since the dawn of time.

Originally in the form of locally gathered fresh fruits, herbs and spices, these quickly became an important and lucrative trade.

Most people tend to assume that flavourings are a modern invention, however flavourings in the form of liquid extracts have been around since at least the time of the first cookery books. Some of the earliest recipes known were created in 4th century Rome.

By the 19th Century, flavourings appear to be in regular usage (the commonly appear in recipes). Rose Water is most commonly mentioned, and “Orringe Flower Water”, appears from late 17th Century onwards.

The manufacture of synthetic aroma chemicals began in the mid 1800’s, and by late Victorian period, Citrus, and Spice Oils were commonplace.

So what is the most common flavouring around the world today? It's Vanilla.

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