|"Anyone care for a beaver-flavored Pepparkakor?"|
Readers of this blog are well aware that when it comes to mammalian scent the codger has a discerning nose.
A recurrent theme in my summer workshop is that camera trappers who disdain scent as an attractant miss opportunities to pixelate their quarry.
So I was terribly gruntled this afternoon when Chas Clifton sent me a link to an article titled Beaver Butt Secretion Good for Baking. Thanks again, Chas.
And don't skip the remarks of the wussified commentators. I am sure none has seen a beaver's butt, let alone sniffed one.
I vouch for the captivating power of beaver castor.
That greasy paste is a rich mixture of various plant phenols, including molecular relatives of vanilla, and it's as close to a universal mammalian attractant as it gets.
We have a scent sniffing exercise after my evening lecture on olfactory attractants.
The class is understandably hesitant -- "Hey man, this is weird" -- so I tell them it's "very California", like wine tasting and aroma therapy.
Then I open a jar of Mud Road, take a deep whiff, and roll my eyes.
Soon the jars are moving around the table, and when the participants aren't gagging their facial expressions are precious.
But with Castoreum it's different.
They just keep sniffing with this dreamy look, and of course everyone wants to sample it.
So I'm not surprised that the Swedes have approved castoreum as a cooking ingredient.
I hope The Local follows up on the article, because I want to know how many Swedish grannies will be inspired to add castoreum to their pepparkakor.
I know I'll never get the redhead to do it.