Todays Food Question - Banana Oil

24-Sep-2007 by



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






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Snigdha profile page

Snigdha says :

Is it the outer skin of the Banana.
Posted on: 24 September 2007 - 12:18pm
shantihhh profile page

shantihhh says :

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.
Posted on: 24 September 2007 - 3:55pm
CookingMyWay profile page

CookingMyWay says :

What she siad lol - I actually knew this one - no part of the nanner is used...
Posted on: 24 September 2007 - 4:05pm
The Tortilla Guy profile page

The Tortilla Guy says :

Yup you and Mary-anne are right there is no part of the Banana used for this !!! The Tortilla Guy
Posted on: 24 September 2007 - 11:28pm