IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

Tasting chlorophyll

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Fri Feb 23 01:32:03 EST 1996

I have never heard of tasting chlorophyll but the white inner stalks of
celery taste much different than the green outer stalks. Could easily be
other chemical differences besides chlorophyll responsible, however. 
Maybe it explains why President Bush hated broccoli.

I once heard that old-time soil scientists measured soil pH by taste. 
Soil analysis labs still routinely determine soil texture by feel rather 
than sieving the soil into sand, silt, and clay fractions. With 
training human senses can become adept at measuring all sorts of things. 

David R. Hershey
Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1398

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Department
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us

On 21 Feb 1996, David Haas wrote:

> Dear Plant-eders
>     Here's one I've never heard.  One of my students said that she 
> had done a lab in school where the teacher had the students taste 
> leaves to see if they could taste chlorophyll.  She said it was 
> analogous to the PTC test in genetics where  some are tasters and 
> others not and this is why some people don't like green vegetables.  
> Has any one ever heard this???  It sounds like an urban or rural mith 
> but if there is one thing i have learned in life is that I can be 
> wrong!  
> Dave Haas 
> ********************************************
> Dave Haas                               
> Department of Natural Sciences    
> Fayetteville State University    
> Fayetteville, NC 28303           
> ********************************************
> "More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One 
> path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.  The other, to total 
> extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." - 
> Allen Konigsberg.

More information about the Plant-ed mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net