What can our nose tell us about food?
At TASIS, science students have offered a number of answers to this question and their answers have been converted to a series of questions for use in smell-dependent food investigations…
- Identification: What is it? (e.g., It is a durian fruit.)
- What flavour(s) are present? (e.g., peppery, sweet, perfumey, fruity, soapy, spicy, sharp, pungent, Earthy, rich, etc.)
- What is the quality/condition of the food? (e.g., fresh, musty, rancid, rotten, etc.)
- What is quality/condition of the eating environment? (e.g., clean, dirty, fresh, stinky, etc.)
- What memory does the smell evoke for you?
- What emotion does the smell evoke in you? (e.g., sadness, happiness, nostalgia, etc.)
- What physical effect does this smell have on you? (e.g., Does it make your eyes water? Does it make you sneeze?)
- What can the smell (or lack thereof!) tell us about you? (e.g., Do you have a cold? Are you ill? Are you ‘stuffy’?)
Can you think of other food-related questions that can be answered by smell?
Some ‘smelly’ resources for students…
- A word bank full of useful SMELL words.
Last updated: September 2019