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Chemical Compounds in Herbs & Spices


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Chemical Compounds in Herbs & Spices

It’s often stated that cooking is much like chemistry, or vice versa. I thought it’d be fun to take that a little further, and look at the major organic compounds present in various different herbs and spices that are frequently used in cooking, so that’s what this poster tries to do. Obviously, each herb or spice owes its precise flavour to the complex mix of organic compounds it is composed of, rather than one simple compound that can be isolated – however, some compounds contribute more than others, and it is these that I’ve tried to focus on here.

  • spices
  • organic compounds
  • flavors
  • monoterpenes
  • terpenes
  • terpenoids
  • disulfides
  • essential oils
  • xanthophylls
  • carotinoids
  • terpene alcohols
  • thymol
  • pinene
  • manool
  • carvacrol
  • sabinene hydrate
  • estragole
  • p-menthatriene
  • carvone
  • menthol
  • decenoic acid
  • crocin
  • 1,8-cineole
  • curcumin
  • dipropyl disulfide
  • eugenol
  • cuminaldehyde
  • vanillin
  • anethole
  • sabinene
  • zingiberene
  • capsanthin
  • piperine
  • Capsaicin
  • terpinen-4-ol
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