Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Vanillin from cow dung

Yes, you read it right, cow dung! It seems that enterprising scientists from the International Medical Centre of Japan have been able to successfully extract vanilla extract fragrance from cow dung. While it can't be used in food, I'm already leery of the artificial vanilla, or vanillin, made from wood products, why use artificial when you can use real, it can be used in personal hair and skin care products. They say it is chemically identical to the vanilla derived from the vanilla bean. Just thinking about it makes me shudder...


cjconnex said...

I can't begin to imagine how one can extract vanilla fragrance from cow dung, let alone make the claim that it is chemically identical to that derived from the vanilla bean.
Sounds like one of those news reports that would be foisted upon an unsuspecting audience around the first of April. Guess I'll be Googling this one for more updates.

Mike said...

It is similar to vanillin, which itself simulates the flavour/smell of vanilla beans.

It is, unfortunately, true.