The Group Portrait: America's Tastemakers
New York magazine|July 19 - August 1, 2021
Across the river, a quiet industry determines the flavors of our foods.
Rachel Sugar

WHAT DOES A STRAWBERRY TASTE LIKE? It depends. Do you mean a fresh strawberry, a ripe strawberry, a jammy strawberry? Because it matters, says Elaine Kellman, a flavorist at Citromax in Carlstadt, New Jersey, who has spent the past 30 years breaking down taste sensations into their chemical parts. To capture the full-bodied sweetness of an ultraripe strawberry, “you would take a strawberry flavor and add chemicals like maltol and furaneol,” whereas a jammy one might need a hint of jasmine, and a fresh one might require a dash of grassy cis-3-hexenal.

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