Thursday, January 3, 2008
Last night, Jeff and I sampled a persimmon for the first time. It tasted very good but we were very off-put by the smell, which to be honest smelled exactly like human semen. So we tried to figure out why. It turns out that persimmons contain pyrroline, a compound also found in semen and which gives it its distinctive smell. Some people claim that neither semen nor persimmons smell like much of anything - that is because one in six people cannot smell pyrroline! I thought this was really interesting.