Why do herbs and fruits smell the way they do? A better question would be, why do they even smell at all? The answer: terpenes. Terpene compounds are what cause most of the strong scents in plants. It’s a defense mechanism of plants to ward off hungry animals, germs, but these can also attract pollinators and help them regulate their temperature.
Nowadays, the use of terpene has expanded significantly in the fields of medicine and recreation. These terpenes are the primary component of essential oils. The oils you use, such as lavender, for relaxation and aromatherapy contain a terpene called Linalool. Linalool promotes anxiety and stress relief.
Apart from all the associated therapeutic benefits, terpenes can also enhance the smell and taste of virtually anything you mix them with, leading to a recent spike in the interest in using these kinds of terpenes for cooking. We call these food grade terpenes.
The Extra Flavor
Although terpenes occur naturally in food, who’s to say that a boost can’t add a bit more depth to what’s cooking? Below are a few terpene-friendly recipes that can result in an extraordinary dining experience.
Lemon Lime Cookies with Terpenes
Baking cookies is pretty straightforward. It’s probably one of the easiest ways to get someone into cooking or baking. It takes only a couple of minutes, with the right ingredients, a fresh batch of cookies will be out in about an hour. Any cookie recipe is great, but add a fresh twist to it, and a surprise flavor will hit the senses, bringing them to a new gastronomic adventure.
|1 cup sugar|
1 tbsp molasses
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbsp butter infused with a lemon-lime oil-soluble terpene
2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
Zest from 1 lemon
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
|3/4 cup powdered sugar|
Zest from 1 lemon
2 – 3 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Grease the baking pan or use a sheet or parchment to make sure the cookies don’t stick.
- Mix the regular butter and infused butter with the cream cheese, sugar, and molasses until it becomes light and fluffy in texture.
- Place the eggs and vanilla in the same bowl and mix.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh ginger and mix.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground ginger in a separate bowl.
- Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the batter and until it’s mixed thoroughly.
- Chill the batter for at least 30 minutes.
- Scoop up the batter, drop it onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 12-14 minutes.
- When it turns a bit golden, take them out and let them cool.
- To prepare the glaze, mix the sugar and the lemon zest in a bowl and slowly add in your milk bit by bit until it becomes smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookie.
Raspberry Brownies Infused with Terpenes
For some, a fudgy, ooey-gooey brownie is the perfect dessert, but you can make it better! So indulge in these decadent raspberry brownies infused with a chocolate terpene recipe that’s sure to satisfy that sweet craving.
|2 cups of frozen raspberries|
3 tsp water
1 tbsp sugar
20-25 drops Chocolate oil-soluble terpenes
2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9 baking pan.
- Combine the raspberries, water, sugar, and chocolate terpenes in a small saucepan and heat in on low for about 15 minutes, or until the texture becomes jam-like.
- Prepare the brownie batter by combining the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl.
- Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mix.
- Scoop ¾ of the batter onto the baking pan. Add the raspberry jam on top and spread it evenly. Add the rest of the brownie batter on top and bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Blackberry Antioxidant Smoothie with Terpenes
Smoothies are a way to get the party started. However, adding just a drop of oil-soluble terpenes can make any party even more fun! Here’s a super easy, super simple recipe for a blackberry antioxidant smoothie that’s a sure win at any celebratory occasion.
|Blackberry Antioxidant Smoothie with Terpenes|
|3 – 5 ice cubes|
3/4 cup of blackberries
1/2 cup of berry juice
1 soy vanilla yogurt
Blackberry oil-soluble terpene flavor
- Put the ice in a blender and pour in the berry juice along with the blackberries.
- Add the yogurt and add a drop of blackberry oil-soluble terpene flavor.
- Blend this for around 1-2 minutes or until there aren’t chunks of ice left.
- Serve ice cold with mint leaves for garnish. Enjoy!
*An additional different flavored terpene can also be added to the mix
A Delicious New Perspective
For years, terpenes have been used as essential oils, as aromatherapy, as stress-relievers. However, as the search for new uses continues, more and more people see the diversity of terpenes, especially food grade terpenes.
More recipes are available on the internet. There are easy ones and more complex ones, but overall, terpenes put the cherry on top of any recipe.
Some tips when using terpenes for cooking:
- Consider other common ingredients that contain the same strain as the terpene included—for example, cooking with Limonene? Work with a recipe that has lemons.
- Store terpenes away from direct sunlight and in a cool and dry location where it’s properly sealed. Exposure to sunlight (UV spectrum) may deteriorate volatile compounds like terpenes.
- Keep the humidity under control (around 60%). Mildew can quickly form and destroy terpenes.
Who knows how far the development for these plants will go as many more researchers and innovators find uses for them. One thing’s for sure, as benefits for terpenes are explored, so will the range of products to help accommodate users.
From oils to medicinal and isolates, Medical Terpenes has the supplies for your terpene needs. So, visit Medical Terpenes today for premium, food-grade terpenes!