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Name: Claire
Status: N/A
Grade: 9-12
Location: CO
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Date: 1/5/2006

What substance gives fruits their aromas?

Dear Claire,

There are many different substances that give fruits their aromas. The differences between the substances and the amounts of each substance in the entire blend of substances create the different smells we associate with one fruit or another. The one characteristic they all have is they can travel through the air easily.

Jim Tokuhisa, Ph.D.

Many different volatile aromatic compounds including esters contribute to the aromas of fruits.

Anthony Brach Ph.D.

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