Why does artificial flavoring taste nothing like the regular flavor, but we can all identify the artificial taste?

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Why does artificial flavoring taste nothing like the regular flavor, but we can all identify the artificial taste?

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It depends on the flavour. Some actual do taste similar to the real thing like green apple. Others like watermelon, we have just associated with a certain flavour over time. If I remember correctly, banana flavour tastes like an older kind of banana that isn’t used anymore after being mostly destroyed in the 50’s due to all being generically identical and being prone to a disease.

Grape flavor tastes exactly like Concord grape. Banana flavor _apparently_ tastes exactly like Gros Michel bananas.

Funny thing about those bananas, they have incredibly slick peels, hence all the banana peel slip jokes from Loony Toons. They were susceptible to Panama disease and were nearly wiped out, though they’re starting to come back, thanks to a few African growers. I hope one day to try one. Just so you have an idea of how insanely popular and delicious these bananas are, the US government overthrew foreign governments and installed “banana republics” that were dictatorships that at least agreed to supply us with bananas, and it even inspired the song “Yes, we have no bananas.” The Cavendish bananas today of course are nothing like it, and are far more starchy, like the plantain. Twinkies also used to be filled with Gros Michel banana creme.

Because you were taught from your younger age that this artificial flavour is supposed to be strawberry even if it doesnt taste like one