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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #113561: Vocabulary: tasting and enjoying
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    Vocabulary: tasting and enjoying


     

    Every person can appreciate the different tastes of the food they eat or try in their mouths. Of course, the teeth are part of the process, cutting, pulling, grinding the food, they participate in its appreciation. Our gums  must of course be clean and healthy. We mustn't forget that our noses play a part in this gustative process... 

     

    However, the real organ of "taste" is our tongue and it also helps to recognize our food and appreciate it. 

    As late as 2009, worldwide scientists still believed in a sort of cartography of our tongue which was supposed to be divided into specific zones to appreciate the different tastes. This phenomenon has now been denied and all the different zones of the tongue are known to be able to detect and appreciate the different tastes.  

    There are five tastes: sweet (sweetness), salty (saltiness), sour/ acrid (sourness/acridity), bitter (bitterness) and "umami" (umami) which corresponds to a discovery of the beginning of the 20th century.  This fifth taste was identified in Asian food and is supposed to be the reason for old people's remarkable good health in the Asian Continent. It's an appetitive taste (sometimes considered as a food additive);  added to other elements, it would guarantee a balanced nutrition and therefore the promise of long and harmonious health.  

    In the mouth, the food we eat chemically reacts thanks to taste receptive cells situated on the "papillae" (taste buds) of the tongue and the mouth.

     

                                                      

                                                      The papillae of the tongue (taste buds)

     

     to taste of  = have the same taste as 
     to give someone a taste of stg  = to make someone taste 
     a flavour = (of an ice cream)   to flavour  = to add and season
     sweet to the taste  = pleasant to the taste  to sample = taste a small quantity
     to have a sweet tooth  = to love sweets  to relish,  to enjoy = to like very much
     blind  taste-test = test without looking  to taste like = have the same taste as

     

    What does it taste like? 

     a nice taste 
     a bad taste 
     a sweet taste  = a taste of sugar  a sour taste  = an acrid taste
     salty  = a taste of salt peppery = tasting like pepper
     hot = very strong taste pungent = very hot and strong
     bitter = not sweet bitter-sweet  = both bitter and sweet. 
     delicious = very good tasty = savoury
     appetizing = giving an appetite luscious = extremely good
     palatable = pleasant to the taste   mouth watering  = creating an appetite 

                                                       

                                                     But it can also be .... 

                                                       

    It can be delicious...                                           but it can be acrid ....                                          or even sickening!

     

     tasteless  = having no taste bland = wanting salt
     insipid = having no taste  cloying = causing disgust 
     acrid = stinging, bitter.  unpalatable  = unpleasant 
     disgusting  = distasteful  = sickening = VERY unpleasant 

     

    You can also taste in a figurative way... 

     ... in bad taste  in good taste 
     to be to everyone's taste  to have expensive tastes 
     a taste of success  a taste of happiness

     

    A few expressions! 

    - Taste the difference! 

    - It has great taste in small bites. = It's quite good, if you don't eat too much of it.

    - To leave a sour taste; an "after taste".

    - There's no accounting for tastes... =  Everyone can have their own tastes.

     

       



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