Word of Mouth: Chemesthesis

Chemesthesis, noun: The chemically stimulated sensation of pain and temperature in the eye, nose, mouth and throat.

A sensation related to taste and smell, chemesthesis includes the tickle of carbonated beverages, the sense of heat from pepper, and the sense of cold from mint. We recently came across this term in The Flavor Bible and were inspired to think of some favorite examples...

• the pungent burn of horseradish
• the peppery prickle of extra virgin olive oil
• the warm heat of cinnamon

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel

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