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Do you like vanilla or raspberry flavoring?


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If you answered yes, you may be eating Castoreum - Beaver Anal Gland Juice.

Yes, you read that right. It's the last item on that link.

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Original Post by kathygator:

That's a good point, Santo. Field dressing an animal, does require a slit from anus to throat, to remove the innards. Easy to imagine they'd have determined the glands produce something edible, while doing that.


I'm having a hard time picturing a pioneer munching down on a beaver anal gland and declaring "tastes just like raspberry or vanilla".

I'd guess it would have been a member of the First Nation, who in turn showed a French trapper.

You know the French...they'll try anything once..especially the Canadian ones...;P

Haha! Funny stuff.
Original Post by catwalker:

I'm having a hard time picturing a pioneer munching down on a beaver anal gland and declaring "tastes just like raspberry or vanilla".

Well, it's being used an additive to the flavoring, not as a full 100% substitute.  (When ambergris was still being put in perfume, women weren't walking around smelling like whale vomit.)

Supposedly, it's oily and bitter.  I suspect it's used to counteract or supplement the flavor/texture of the artificial ingredients they are using trying to simulate natural vanilla/raspberry.

Ah, that's true. Musk is a glandular secretion that was used as a fixative in perfume making. I guess it really isn't a leap to use a glandular secretion as a fixative in flavoring either.

Update: "Decades ago, he explains, scientists did indeed extract compounds from a gland in a beaver's tush... But the chance of encountering eau de beaver in foods today is actually slim to none, Reineccius says. It's simply too expensive. So companies have pretty much stopped using it."

Also, "Beaver food flavoring doesn't actually come from the animal's anal gland but from another organ next to it, called the castor sac. "

Come on A girl. Anyone of us could Google the truth but we chose to be ignorant so we can have some fun.

Ignorance is bliss!

Original Post by cajunrider:

Come on A girl. Anyone of us could Google the truth but we chose to be ignorant so we can have some fun.

Ignorance is bliss!

But before CW's thread, weren't we blissfully eating our vanilla and raspberry flavoring?

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by cajunrider:

Come on A girl. Anyone of us could Google the truth but we chose to be ignorant so we can have some fun.

Ignorance is bliss!

But before CW's thread, weren't we blissfully eating our vanilla and raspberry flavoring?

La la la la..

I hear nutin' I see nutin'

*Eats vanilla ice cream and imagines that some where out there a beaver walks funny.

Original Post by cajunrider:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by cajunrider:

Come on A girl. Anyone of us could Google the truth but we chose to be ignorant so we can have some fun.

Ignorance is bliss!

But before CW's thread, weren't we blissfully eating our vanilla and raspberry flavoring?

La la la la..

I hear nutin' I see nutin'

*Eats vanilla ice cream and imagines that some where out there a beaver walks funny.

Adds a little raspberry flavored topping to your ice cream just for fun.

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