Wednesday 25 May 2022 03:25 PM Burgers do taste better with gherkins, as scientists claim they improve the ... trends now

Wednesday 25 May 2022 03:25 PM Burgers do taste better with gherkins, as scientists claim they improve the ... trends now
Wednesday 25 May 2022 03:25 PM Burgers do taste better with gherkins, as scientists claim they improve the ... trends now

Wednesday 25 May 2022 03:25 PM Burgers do taste better with gherkins, as scientists claim they improve the ... trends now

It is a debate that has divided fast food lovers for decades – do you remove the gherkins from your burger or leave them in?

Finally scientists have settled the argument once and for all, as a study reveals that the pickled green slices actually improve the taste of the sandwich.  

Oxford University food scientist Professor Charles Spence concludes that the addition of gherkins enhance the burger's taste, appearance and texture.

The acidity of the pickled cucumber cuts through the rich umami flavour of the meat, and also adds a satisfying crunch.

This comes after a survey by Professor Spence revealed that 51 per cent of Britons opt to remove the baby cucumber from their bun. 

Researchers from Oxford University have concluded that the addition of gherkins enhance the burger's taste, looks and texture.

Researchers from Oxford University have concluded that the addition of gherkins enhance the burger's taste, looks and texture.

Professor Charles Spence, a Food Scientist and Experimental Psychologist, reported that gherkins increase the 'oral-somatosensory experience' of eating a burger.

Professor Charles Spence, a Food Scientist and Experimental Psychologist, reported that gherkins increase the 'oral-somatosensory experience' of eating a burger.

WHY DO GHERKINS MAKE BURGERS TASTE BETTER? 

Professor Charles Spence claims that the acidity of gherkins helps cut through to the savoury burger notes.

The texture of pickles also contrasts with the rest of the burger ingredients resulting in a more appealing bite.

A pop of green amongst the brown and beige also makes the burger look more attractive - and the first bite of any meal is always with the eyes. 

The mighty crunch the gherkin adds to a bite also helps to draw attention to the mouth, making the eating experience more satisfying.

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The question of whether gherkins are an essential part of the perfect burger has been a hotly debated topic in the food world for years – along with the contentious 'pineapple on pizza' argument.

Professor Spence's report highlights a number of reasons why adding gherkins increases the 'oral-somatosensory experience' of eating a burger.

'Pickles are undoubtedly one of the most contentious additions to a burger, with the population seemingly split right down in the middle into lovers and haters,' he explained.

'But what exactly is it about burgers that make them addictive to some but abhorrent to others?

'The evidence suggests different sensory elements - the sight, sound, texture, taste, and smell - all play different roles for different consumers, but, ultimately, keeping pickles in your burger is the best way to optimise their taste.

'Their sensory properties compliment the other burger ingredients perfectly.'

This contradicts the results of a survey also conducted

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