CAS - Molecule of the Week

Molecule of the Week
August 21, 2006

This molecule was originally selected on July 12, 2004.

Regarding this week’s selected substance:

The nose knows. S(+)-carvone (shown here), a naturally occurring compound found in caraway seeds and mandarin orange peel oil, smells like caraway. Its mirror image, R(–)-carvone, is extracted from spearmint and kuromoji oils and smells like spearmint. Gingergrass oil contains a mixture of both enantiomers.


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