When you tear a piece of basil or cut open an orange, what you smell are terpenes, a wide and diverse group of organic compounds found in plants, fruits and vegetables that make them smell and taste the way they do.
They help plants attract insects for pollination and repel predators. Beyond their adaptive and evolutionary purposes, terpenes make your food smell and taste delicious, and some claim that they have a wide range of health benefits. Each terpene is associated with unique effects. Linalool, a terpene found in lavender, is widely used to reduce anxiety and promote stress relief. Limonene, a terpene found in citrus, is said to increase focus, boost metabolism and relieve heartburn.
Because of these unique properties , cooking with terpenes have quickly become not only a new way that chef’s are helping to change the game – it’s also exciting to see new new recipes that never existed previously.
By including these combinations of Flavors in their Foods, they are helping to bring to life an a completely new, and uncharted area in the kitchen.
Everyone loves to eat, and adding terpenes to your dishes, is a GREAT idea!