Anosmia is a condition that hampers the sufferer’s sense of taste. Whilst total anosmia is extremely rare, partial anosmia, the inability to taste a small number of specific flavours, is actually quite common. Amazingly, up to 30% of the population cannot detect androstenone, which is one of the chemicals used in scent-based truffle hunting. There are a whole host of factors that contribute to the truffle scent, so even if you can’t detect androstenone you can still enjoy truffles, but it does perhaps help to explain why peoples’ interpretation of the truffle does tend to vary.
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