The Marriage of Science and Taste

Is it Always a Good Thing?

Take for example, the Aromafork. This scientific wonder promises to provide a ” fascinating olfactive experience” by tricking the senses. The fork comes with 21 different fragrances, including:

  • 3 “Beans” aromas – chocolate, coffee, and vanilla,
  • 4 “Fruits” aromas – banana, lychee, passion fruit and strawberry,
  • 3 “Herbs” aromas – basil, cilantro and mint,
  • 3 “Nuts” aromas – almond, coconut and peanut,
  • 4 “Spices” aromas – black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and wasabi, and
  • 4 “Umami” aromas – butter, olive oil, smoke and truffle.

These, they claim, will enhance the eating experience by doubling the flavors that are experienced while eating.

How it Works

At the far end of the fork, there is a divot into which you insert the diffusing papers upon which you place a drop of  one of the 21 selected aromas. The idea is that our tongue is capable of recognizing a relatively small, finite number of tastes, while the nose is capable of pulling apart very subtle flavors of food, via the myriad fragrances emitted by a dish. This means that by adding aroma to the fork itself, the palette’s range is expanded as the food it eaten.

So, for ~$60, you can confuse your senses, and possibly enhance your dining experience.

What do you think? Is it worth a try?

References:

http://www.molecule-r.com/en/volatile-flavoring-kits/179-aroma-r-evolution.html

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3027886/this-smelly-fork-adds-21-flavors-to-every-bite