Many nondairy 'blue cheese' recipes are pepita based. It actually mimics blue reasonably well according to omnivores.

What constituent(s) creates this flavor? Recipes include acid and salt and sometimes yeast but where is the blue?

I've looked at short-chain fatty acids etc like propionic, butyrate, valeric (pentanoic), decanoic and lauric; even the goaty 3-methylbutanoic present in blue cheese. Doesn't correspond with pepitas palmitic, oleic, and linoleic so what could it be?

This is a typical recipe by https://lowcarb-vegan.net/vegan-blue-cheese/ Ingredients

1/2 cup (70 g) unroasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1/2 cup (120 ml) vinegar or lemon juice
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or a small clove of fresh garlic
1 teaspoon salt
200 gram (7 oz) firm tofu
1/3 to 1/2 cup (80-120 ml) neutral tasting coconut oil (optional)
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    Can you share recipes or link regarding "most nondairy blue cheese are pepita based" ? what is "omnis" ?
    – Max
    Commented Nov 11, 2020 at 20:37
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    How much processing is done in these unspecified recipes? I'm wondering if there's a reaction taking place that changes the fatty acids
    – Chris H
    Commented Nov 11, 2020 at 21:31
  • I've eaten pumpkin seeds, and I've eaten blue cheese, and they absolutely don't taste the same...
    – Laurent S.
    Commented Nov 12, 2020 at 15:32
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    @Max see the urban dictionary. Somewhat derogatory term shortened from omnivore. Commented Nov 12, 2020 at 22:32
  • should have specified these are quick cheese substitutes. There are now properly mold ripened nutcheeses available
    – Pat Sommer
    Commented Nov 12, 2020 at 23:08

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I'm certainly not a food scientist or chemist, but could it be the umami that is being likened to, or substituting for blue cheese? Pepitas are pretty high in glutamic acid at 13258mg per 227 grams of seeds. Glutamic acid, I believe, is a source of umami.


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