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Pear Ester: Ethyl (E,Z)-2,4-decadienoate

By: Michael Zviely, CIC
Posted: August 23, 2011, from the September 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

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  • September 2011 issue, pg 48
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Ethyl (E,Z)-2,4-decadienoate (FEMA# 3148, CAS# 3025-30-7), or pear ester, is a colorless liquid with a highly intense green odor, which occurs naturally in apple, Bartlett pear, Concord grape, beer, pear brandy and quince. It has a green, fruity, apple odor, with tropical nuances and a juicy, ripe pear, sweet, very fruity flavor. The ester's uses in flavors include fruity red, fruity yellow, fruity tropical and other fruity applications. In fragrances, it uses encompass fruity compounds for alcoholic and cosmetic perfumes.

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