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23 Unexpected Flavor Combos That Taste Amazing

Some of these are recent discoveries from chefs like Heston Blumenthal who study the chemical compounds of food. Others have been paired together for centuries in various ethnic cuisines. Either way: They work.

1. Olives + White Chocolate

2. Strawberries + Fava Beans

3. Salmon + Licorice

4. Oyster + Kiwi

5. Chocolate + Sage

6. Apple + Lavender

7. Lamb + Anchovy

8. Mushroom + Apricot

9. Egg + Beet

10. Egg + Coconut

11. Strawberry + Tomato

12. Rhubarb + Anise

13. Butternut Squash + Lime

14. Oysters + Watermelon

15. Avocado + Coffee

16. Orange + Olive

17. Mushroom + Blueberry

18. Chocolate + Onion

19. White Chocolate + Caviar

20. Scallops + Vanilla

21. Cinnamon + Thyme

22. Shrimp + Walnuts

23. Basil + Cloves

Find more info about flavor combinations in Niki Segnit's book The Flavor Thesaurus, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's book The Flavor Bible, and on khymos.org.