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Ingredient Profile: 3-Mercaptohexanol

By: Cyndie Lipka, Sethness Greenleaf
Posted: March 21, 2011, from the April 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

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The purity and enantiomeric form of this material are essential to its description. Descriptors published by Frutarom and Treatt range from mango and pineapple to durian, chicken and pork. In a 0.1% solution presented during a recent CSA meeting, the material was markedly savory, with a distinct rhubarb note. At dilutions below 0.01% the material imparts fruitier notes.

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