Last Updated: April 29, 2019

Definition - What does Fenchol mean?

Fenchol is a terpene found in a variety of different plants, including basil and fennel. It is used extensively in the perfume industry, as well as in the food processing industry. It has a bitter, lime-like taste, as well as a sharp aroma.

MaximumYield explains Fenchol

Terpenes are chemicals found in all types of plants that have a very wide range of functions. Fenchol is a terpene that carries with it a bitter taste, reminiscent of limes. It also has a woody, sharp, acrid scent. The chemical is used heavily in the perfume industry for creating and modifying scents. It is also used heavily in the industrial food processing industry for both scent and flavor modification purposes.

In addition to its uses for creating flavors and scents, fenchol is also known to possess antibacterial properties. In nature, fenchol comes from a very wide range of plants, but is most famously associated with basil. However, it is also found in cannabis in smaller quantities, making this a secondary terpene, rather than a primary terpene like pinene or myrcene.

Terpenes in general have uses in the worlds of aromatherapy and food production. They form the primary basis for all essential oils, as well, although primary terpenes will make up the bulk of the oil, and secondary terpenes will be present in limited quantities, or even just trace amounts.

It should also be noted that the quantities of fenchol (and all other terpenes) within cannabis plants, as well as other plants, will vary significantly based on growing conditions, including groundwater mineral content, soil/growing medium mineral content, air pollution, and more. Therefore, terpene levels vary dramatically not just from one growing region to another, but from plant to plant within the same growing area.

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