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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:03

The Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) has confirmed that anal secretions from the beaver can be used to provide a taste similar to vanilla in baked goods and sweets. :|

Information that beaver bottoms can be a source of vanilla aroma, in the form of Castoreum, have been circulating on the internet recently and the agency has now confirmed that there is substance to the secretions.

"Natural aromas can be extracts from plants, fungi, and in some cases animals. The labelling provisions do not require that the kind of flavour is indicated, with the exception of coffee and quinine," Ulla Beckman Sundh at the agency said.

Vanilla flavour, it has been established, is not only derived from the vanilla bean. It can also come from conifer trees, or indeed from the anal passage of a beaver.

Beckman Sundh however questioned whether the beaver is likely to become a common a source of flavouring for baked goods, sweets, soft drinks and other items.

"As far as I know the beaver is not an animal which is bred, so supply is not that great," she said.

The beaver population was wiped out in Sweden in the 19th century due to the popularity of castoreum which was then used in natural medicines. Following the import of animals from Norway in the 1920s, the population has grown to around 100,000.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 00:28

 

Beckman Sundh however questioned whether the beaver is likely to become a common a source of flavouring for baked goods, sweets, soft drinks and other items.

 

One can surely hope not.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:04

drinks and other items

There also Civet Coffee that employ similarly anal passage.

I blame the Dutch for spreading this processing technique.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:18

mmmm....mmmm....love me some beaver butt....



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:26

i can also confirm. my wifes beaver tastes like vanilla too.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:45

My next trip to Sweden, I'll be sure to avoid the bakery shops. :wacko:



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:15

My next trip to Sweden, I'll be sure to avoid the bakery shops. :wacko:

 

Can you bring me something back? :p



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:15

^ How about a young blonde ? :shifty:



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:23

sweet vs savory



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:26

LOL, I heard something similar was used for artificial raspberry flavouring. Wouldn't surprise me.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:32

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:33

Makes your wonder who was the first person to "rim" a beaver in order to discover that it tasted like vanilla. :x



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:52

Nothing that comes from anything's butt is good for consumption, period.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:59

butt of course.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 06:20

Most retail Eggs also came from butt