Food in general varies from culture to culture and place to place. Certain eating cultures seem to be bizarre to us but normal to the eaters, which means that food might taste terrible to one, but might be a delicacy for the other. It might taste horrible to one, but someone else might just get lost in the taste. We can simply conclude that cuisines are subject to objectivity, individual tastes and preferences and cultures. With more and more exposure and people coming in contact with more and more of the world, food from other cultures are becoming more acceptable and many fusion dishes are also coming. Innovative ideas of great chefs are merging, with the mergers of spices, oils etc. As a result more variety of soups salads, dishes, desserts, cocktails etc., are there for food lovers.
Cooking with essential oils is a great way to add flavor and fragrance to many foods. Moreover, there are plethora of packaged foods available in the market today, where addition of essential oil as a natural preservative increases their shelf life from months to years. These oils are also used for enhancing salad dressings, soups, stews, sauces, and even drinks etc. Our array of essential oils is also used to marinades, sauces, meat (both red and white), fish, vegetables, breads and desserts.
Several researches have been conducted around the globe, to test the antimicrobial action of essential oils in food product. Results suggest that combination of essential oils works synergisticly and is more effective in comparison to single essential oil. The researches have also proved that these essential oils are high on protein and consist low pH (acidic), low fat & low carbohydrate and also help in boosting the immune system.
Currently, a large number of essential oils are demanded and used by food industries spread all across the globe. The range of these essential oils encompasses the following:
Peppermint or Gaultheria (Wintergreen) to flavor aromatic liquids
Bay Leaf It is also used in sauces, soups, stews and other food items
Cranberry Seed Oil- This oil is used for the purpose of flavoring
The Cumin Seed Essential Oil is used in a variety of food products
Amyris Oil It has use in flavoring work especially liqueurs
Cassia Oil It is also used as spice & food flavoring
The Davan Oil is used in food industry for flavor
Fennel Sweet This essential oil is largely used for flavoring food.