Jim, in your research for raspberry flavorings, how, exactly did the idea of tasting beaver anal gland secretions come up as a hypothesis?
I gotta hand it to you, Jim. You really were thinking waaaaay outside the box on this one.
P.S. “outside the box” thinking is what pre-millennials called “innovative”, “disruptive”, and “transformational” thinking in constructing their content-free curriculum vitae in ye olden days of yore, before cell phones were a “thing”. Get off my lawn!
Actually@mike808 , I thought the answer might be: “Oops! Mediocrebot totally meant to make that a survey response, but left it off by accident. Meant to. Really. Totally did. Trust us, because the staff at Mediocre/Meh have great taste in food and food-like substances.”
I’d read somewhere that the reason artificial banana tastes so unusual is that it’s modeled after the flavor of the Gros Michel banana, not the Cavendish banana we get in stores today. Alas, the Gros Michel, by all accounts a much more flavorful banana, is extremely hard to find today because it was extremely susceptible to blight. A shortage of Gros Michel bananas due to blight is what led to the song “Yes, We Have No Bananas Today”. The Cavendish banana was a replacement, and we’ve been eating it ever since.
To take it a step further, bananas are especially susceptible to disease because they are almost all genetically identical. The way banana plants are produced (for agriculture) is by cuttings from another plant, because planting seeds is slower and produces inconsistent fruit. We still do this with the Cavendish bananas, meaning they have an equal risk of near extinction. This is also a concern with GMO crops, such as soybeans, papaya, corn, etc.