Flavor Bites: Hexanal


Hexanal (FEMA# 2557, CAS# 66-25-1), sometimes referred to as aldehyde C-6, is a highly useful contributor to a veritable smorgasboard of green complexes. It adds an aspect of unripeness that can contribute significantly to the overall perception of freshness when it is used in moderation. It is especially important to tailor the level to the effect that is desired for each flavor profile, and my suggested levels of addition should only be taken as a starting point. I am sure this is true for every article, but it is especially true in this case.

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