Smell of the week: basil

Late summer is a great time for basil (this pic from Conscious Kitchen) since there is an abundance of ripe heirloom tomatoes, evening sunshine, and outdoor dining. Basil is one of my favorite herbs and odors–especially when co-mingled with a good strong first cold-pressed EVOO and old balsamic vinegar! Containing roughly 82 aroma chemicals andContinue reading “Smell of the week: basil”

The evolution of the mammalian brain starts with smelling!

A study of CT scans of two early Jurassic period mammals reveals the brain evolution had three stages, the first of which was driven by olfaction. To read the original, go here. The next stage is characterized by¬†an increase in tactile sensitivity from body hair and the third stage by skilled muscle movement using theContinue reading “The evolution of the mammalian brain starts with smelling!”

Making scents of tea olives

The tea olive Osmanthus fragrans is a wonderfully aromatic plant, particularly when its scent is captured by the evening breeze. I have been stopped in my tracks upon detecting this olfactory ambrosia in the air. What amazes me is that some people cannot smell it at all or only can detect the slightest ghost ofContinue reading “Making scents of tea olives”