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Todays Food Question - Banana Oil

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What part of the banana is used to make banana oil?






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Snigdha's picture
Is it the outer skin of the Banana.
shantihhh's picture
Banana Oil is actually Isoamyl acetate an organic compound that is the ester formed from isoamyl alcohol and acetic acid. It is a clear colorless liquid that is only slightly soluble in water, but very soluble in most organic solvents. Isoamyl acetate has a strong odor (similar to juicy fruit) which is also described as similar to both banana and pear. Banana oil is a term that is applied either to pure isoamyl acetate or to flavorings that are mixtures of isoamyl acetate, amyl acetate, nitrocellulose and other flavors. Pear oil commonly refers to a solution of isoamyl acetate in ethanol that is used as an artificial flavor. Isoamyl acetate is also used to test the effectiveness of respirators or gas masks because it has a strong smell which is generally not experienced as unpleasant that can be detected at low concentrations, and has low toxicity. It is also used as a solvent for some varnishes and nitrocellulose lacquers, as well as being a honey bee pheromone and can be used to attract large groups of honeybees to a small area. Isoamyl acetate is released by bees when they sting. The resulting scent calls other bees to attack the victim.
CookingMyWay's picture
What she siad lol - I actually knew this one - no part of the nanner is used...
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Yup you and Mary-anne are right there is no part of the Banana used for this !!! The Tortilla Guy
Todays Food Question - Banana Oil