Yep blackberries are very emotional to me. I don’t actually KNOW what a blackberry taste like, because the emotions hits me harder then the flavor. The smell of them will also bring it all back too…
It’s a sort of a powerful joy mixed with an edge of sadness that makes me get a bit teary eyed and thankful at the same time. I also associate them with a deep sense of calm. The calm space in my head is a blackberry vineyard, on a strong cliff, over looking a mediterranean blue ocean.
I know exactly the moment where this all comes from… so it’s highly nostalgic for me as well.
I do believe that the nostalgia of a food will also trigger emotional responses. Think of how many places advertise… “comfort food”
I was reading that panic in a bee hive smells like bananas. There is something about the Bee’s smell they give off when they sense the hive is in danger… that bees get agitated around bananas because it triggers a fear response… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee_pheromones
It’s sort of interesting reading up on all the psychology of taste and how taste triggers emotions and memory. I think my cross wiring is doing this in reverse. The emotion hits me and then triggers the flavor.