Essence vs. Flavour

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Main Difference

The main difference between Essence and Flavour is that the Essence is a term in philosophy and Flavour is a sensory impression of a food or other substance

  • Essence

    In philosophy, essence is the property or set of properties that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the entity or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates rigorously with Aristotle (although it can also be found in Plato), who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai (τὸ τί ἦν εἶναι, literally meaning “the what it was to be” and corresponding to the scholastic term quiddity) or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti (τὸ τί ἐστι, literally meaning “the what it is” and corresponding to the scholastic term haecceity) for the same idea. This phrase presented such difficulties for its Latin translators that they coined the word essentia (English “essence”) to represent the whole expression. For Aristotle and his scholastic followers, the notion of essence is closely linked to that of definition (ὁρισμός horismos).In the history of western thought, essence has often served as a vehicle for doctrines that tend to individuate different forms of existence as well as different identity conditions for objects and properties; in this logical meaning, the concept has given a strong theoretical and common-sense basis to the whole family of logical theories based on the “possible worlds” analogy set up by Leibniz and developed in the intensional logic from Carnap to Kripke, which was later challenged by “extensionalist” philosophers such as Quine.

  • Flavour

    Flavor (American English) or flavour (British English; see spelling differences) is the sensory impression of food or other substance, and is determined primarily by the chemical senses of taste and smell. The “trigeminal senses”, which detect chemical irritants in the mouth and throat, as well as temperature and texture, are also important to the overall gestalt of flavor perception. The flavor of the food, as such, can be altered with natural or artificial flavorants which affect these senses.

    A “flavorant” is defined as a substance that gives another substance flavor, altering the characteristics of the solute, causing it to become sweet, sour, tangy, etc.. A flavor is a quality of something that affects the sense of taste.

    Of the three chemical senses, smell is the main determinant of a food item’s flavor. Five basic tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (savory) are universally recognized, although some cultures also include pungency and oleogustus (“fattiness”). The number of food smells is unbounded; a food’s flavor, therefore, can be easily altered by changing its smell while keeping its taste similar. This is exemplified in artificially flavored jellies, soft drinks and candies, which, while made of bases with a similar taste, have dramatically different flavors due to the use of different scents or fragrances. The flavorings of commercially produced food products are typically created by flavorists.

    Although the terms flavoring and flavorant in common language denote the combined chemical sensations of taste and smell, the same terms are used in the fragrance and flavors industry to refer to edible chemicals and extracts that alter the flavor of food and food products through the sense of smell. Due to the high cost or unavailability of natural flavor extracts, most commercial flavorants are “nature-identical”, which means that they are the chemical equivalent of natural flavors, but chemically synthesized rather than being extracted from source materials. Identification of components of natural foods, for example a raspberry, may be done using technology such as headspace techniques, so the flavorist can imitate the flavor by using a few of the same chemicals present.

  • Essence (noun)

    The inherent nature of a thing or idea.

  • Essence (noun)

    The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.

  • Essence (noun)

    Constituent substance.

  • Essence (noun)

    A being; especially, a purely spiritual being.

  • Essence (noun)

    A significant feature of something.

  • Essence (noun)

    The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.

    “essence of Jojoba”

  • Essence (noun)

    An extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other matter used for flavouring.

    “vanilla essence”

  • Essence (noun)

    Fragrance, a perfume.

  • Flavour (noun)

    standard spelling of from=British spelling

    “The flavour of this apple pie is delicious.”

    “Flavour was added to the pudding.”

    “What flavour of bubble gum do you enjoy?”

    “the flavour of an experience”

    “Debian is one flavour of the Linux operating system.”

  • Flavour (verb)

    standard spelling of from=British spelling

  • Essence (noun)

    the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character

    “conflict is the essence of drama”

  • Essence (noun)

    a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is

    “Locke’s scepticism about our ability to penetrate to the real essences of things”

  • Essence (noun)

    an extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other matter and used for flavouring or scent

    “vanilla essence”

Oxford Dictionary

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