Issue Date: May 19, 2008
Rotundone Imparts Peppery Aroma
The sesquiterpene rotundone gives pepper its distinctive aroma, an international group of researchers argues in a pair of papers in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry (DOI: 10.1021/jf800183k and 10.1021/jf800184t). Previously, the aroma of black pepper was attributed to complex interactions of many chemical components, including piperine and related alkaloids that produce a spicy heat sensation in the mouth. The . . .
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