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How our sense of taste works

A two-phase chemical reaction affecting both our mouth and throat (taste) and our nose is what combined together enables us to taste.

We are born with around 10,000 taste buds on our tongue, on the roof of the mouth, and in our throats. In transmitting the flavours we experience into our taste buds, saliva plays a significant role. Each taste bud is responsible for starting the taste action with approximately 10-50 cells and is replenished about every 7 to 10 days. Around 50 to 60 years of age, we naturally begin to lose these taste buds. (more…)

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Where does Vanilla come from?

Vanilla, as the band Bare Naked Ladies sang is “the finest of the flavours”.  The band were referring to the flavour in ice cream (brought to North America by a future President when visiting France after the War of independence no less!) but it can be used in way more cooking and baking than just the cold dessert option. Organic Vanilla Extract from Foodie Flavours is a great vanilla hit provider. Where does this luxurious treat come from? (more…)