SednaBoo wrote:I would definitely not call it an "off flavor." It was pretty awesome actually. I did some digging into what those cats at MIT did, and it seems thatthe gene they used to create the banana-scent was from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is a common critter in ferments. I think E. coli can do the trick too, which is to convert isoamyl alcohol to isoamyl acetate, the latter making the smell.
Since i'm a molecular biologist, i was thinking of possibly engineering a batch of sourdough to be banana flavored. Or wintergreen. I think it will be tricky to do and make it safe and stable to release into the wild. Since it is just amplifying something that they critters already do naturally, I don't think it would be dangerous or anything. What do all of you people think? Would you eat GM sourdough that tasted like bananas?
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