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Describing taste and flavour

Acerbic is anything sour, bitter or sharp - cutting, caustic, acid, mordant, barbed, prickly, biting, pointed. The opposite flavour would be mild, sweet, or honeyed.

Acidor Acidic food can be sharp, tart, sour, bitter. Just the opposite of sweet, sugary, honey.

Acrid taste can be considered pungent, bitter, choking, sharp, unpleasant, harsh- sharp, cutting, caustic, bitter, vitriolic, mordant, trenchant -sour, tart, sharp, biting, acerbic.

Aftertaste is the trace, hint, smack, relish, savor food leaves behind.

Ambrosia is the food of the gods, and epicurean delight, food fit for a king, delicacy, heavenly spread, gastronomical delight, some apply this term to the pièce de résistance in a meal.

Ambrosial is, therefore, fit for the gods, delectable, mouthwatering, heavenly, savoury, delicious, tasty, toothsome, divine. It is not distasteful or disgusting at all.

Appealing foodis attractive, tempting, interesting, pleasing, alluring, likable, engaging, charming, fascinating, glamorous. It is never repulsive, disgusting, or repellent.

Appetite is the hunger, craving, desire, taste, ravenousness, sweet tooth, thirst, penchant, or passion we experience. When we have an appetite for something, we don't find it revulsive, repulsive, or distasteful.

Appetizer is the tidbit, snack, starter, hors d'oeuvre, finger food, dip, coldcuts, kickshaw, olives, anchovies - canapés, dim sum, aperitif, rollmops, antipasto, crudités we might have to open a meal.

Appetizing is everything we find appealing, mouth-watering, delectable, savory,delicious, palatable, inviting, tantalizing, toothsome, luscious, tempting, tasty, enticing. Opposed to what we find nauseating, sickening, repulsive, unappetizing, revolting.

Astringent is biting, harsh, sharp, cutting, acerbic, severe, rough, acrid,mordant, caustic. It is not mild, soft, gentle.

Balsamic comes as soothing, balmy, mild, gentle, temperate, tranquil, calm. Never irritant or abrasive.

Biting taste means caustic, piercing, penetrating, stinging, sharp, severe,mordant, stinging. It is not gentle, balmy, or soothing.

Bitter is acrid, tart, sour, harsh, acidic, vinegary, acerbic. The opposite ofsweet, honeyed, mild, gentle, warm.

Brackish means salty, briny, saline.




Briny,almost the same as the previous word, salty, brackish, saline.

Caustic is something cutting, biting, acid, acidic, sharp, astringent, stinging,scathing, excoriating. To say the opposite you would call it mild,sweet, or smooth.

Choice can mean selection or pick, but in relation with food -like a choicesteak- means more often superior, excellent, select, top-notch, fine,first-rate, high-quality, cream of the crop, vintage, prime. secondrate.

Delectable food is delicious, tasty, mouth-watering, appetizing, scrumptious,luscious, enjoyable, palatable, delightful, toothsome, pleasing,satisfying. Never tasteless, disgusting, or nauseating.

Delicious meals are tasty, appetizing, scrumptious, yummy, luscious, delectable,mouth-watering, fit for a king, delightful, lovely, wonderful,pleasant, enjoyable, appealing, enchanting, charming. You wouldn'tcall delicious that what is tasteless or unpleasant.

Divine cooking is fit for the gods, heavenly, godly, celestial, great, marvelous,delightful, lovely, blissful. Nothing earthly.

Dry food can be desiccated and withered like an old prune. Sometimes dry foodkeeps better, as beans and pulses; then being dry is a desirabletrait. The dry weight –the solid part- in canned food gives you anidea of the real nutritional value. But most times dry food isjuiceless and tasteless, lacking moisture -it will need a sauce. Foodwith a sharp, biting taste, or with a high proportion of strongalcohol is also dry. Food eaten without any spread, sauce or garnishwould be eaten dry. Overcooked meat gets dry, having lost all juices.

Dulcet is sweet, honeyed, pleasant, in a gentle way, something in harmony withyour taste or likings. It is never harsh.

Dulcified is what has been made sweeter, or softer, in taste, edulcorated,sweetened.

Flavored equals seasoned; food that has been given flavor, by normal seasoning or byartificial flavoring. Which flavor? Any, but by being flavored, it issure to give some kind of taste experience.

Flavorful, obviously full of flavor, or you could say, instead, flavorsome,tasty, tangy, appetizing, palatable, savory or sweet -for aparticular flavor- and, if you want to try less known words, sapid orsaporous. It wouldn’t be flavorless, tasteless, bland, flat, orinsipid.

Flavoring or seasoning, anything added to food for the flavor it imparts or theact of adding flavor to food. Think of herbs, spices, condiments,seasonings, or some food additives as different flavorings.

Flavorsome indicates good tasting, full of flavor, specifically pleasant flavor; implyingdelicious, tasty, appetizing, scrumptious, yummy, juicy, succulent,heavenly, inviting, luscious, mouthwatering, palatable, saporous,savory; may be divine, toothsome, and tempting. Consider flavorsomejust the opposite of distasteful, nauseating, repulsive, sickening,unappetizing, unsavory.

Fruity food will be having a taste, smell or flavor of fruit; anything tasting orsmelling richly of or as of fruit. A wine full of fruity flavors willprobably be considered concentrated, full-bodied, full-flavored,heady, heavy, lusty, mellow, potent, redolent, rich, strong,well-matured.

Full-bodied -usually applied to wine- means robust, or rich and intense flavor and aroma;it would be a wine that feels heavy in the mouth.

Gamy refers to the flavor or strong odor of game, especially game that isstarting to spoil. It would be malodorous and rancid, certainly notfresh. It is a word more often applied to other areas than to food.

Gustatory,relating to the sense of taste, to the sensation in the taste buds.

Harsh, unpleasant to the taste, abrasive, coarse, acerbic, astringent,biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, dry, mordant, nasty, sharp,stinging, vitriolic. Definitely not smooth.

Heavenly, considered divine, wonderful, blissful, delightful, lovely,fantastic, glorious, sublime; opposed to horrible and dreadful.

Honey,honeyed and let us say sweet, sugar, sweetened, sugarcoated, syrupy, candied.Never harsh, acerbic or salty flavor.

Hot as in burning, scorching, boiling, blistering, sizzling, searing,blazing, torrid; or hot asin spicy, peppery, piquant, pungent, so strong flavored that makesone feel burning, fiery, intense, vehement, ardent, fervent flavors –definitely not cold, mild, soft or tasteless.

Juicy food is succulent, luscious, thirst quenching, moist, ripe, usuallyflavorful, many times fascinating. Dry and bland don’t apply.

Luscious food and we are talking juicy, moist food; delicious and delectable food;scrumptious or succulent food; super tasty, toothsome, more thanpalatable, surely mouthwatering food. Dry, disgusting or nauseating? No way!

Lush would be a rich, lavish, opulent meal; sumptuous, luxurious, certainlyabundant. You would not be presented with sparse food, a scanty mealor a thin plate.

Mellow flavor is smooth, rich, full, soft, or melodious; usually a pleasant, fullydeveloped flavor reached after an adequate aging period. In thissense of matured, softened, developed flavor, is often used whenwriting about cheese or wine. But it could be used perfectly forpreserved or canned food, or to describe a particularly richdish. Mellow isopposite to harsh.

Mouthwatering is that savory, flavorful, succulent, gorgeous, delicious food whichgets you salivating; by no means unappetizing or distasteful.

Nectarous stands for ambrosial, delicious or sweet; something that reminds you ofnectar, the drink of the gods –in Greek mythology, therefore itwould seem more to the point using it for liquids than for solidfood. Any sweet, stimulating drink could be nectar to your lips.

Palatable indicates edible, pleasant, tasty, just OK, appetizing, toothsome, I would notsay delicious. Palatable food is acceptable to the palate, somethingin between mouthwatering and foul. It is NOT inedible, tasteless, ordisgusting either.

Say peppery and piquant comes to the mind. Others could think of gingery, spicy, hot,fiery, sharp, stinging, pungent or somehow lively and strong. Tastinglike pepper, no one would think it mild.

Pickled would account for that briny flavor that food preserved in a picklingliquid gets. Food is pickled, marinated or cured –pickling wouldprevent from spoiling- in some liquid with plenty of salt, vinegar,or similar, and spices.

Piquant and salty, savory, spicy, tasty or zesty are very similar words. Also tobe considered having a pleasant pungent taste, hot, tangy, agreeablybiting or sharp; never bland or insipid.

Pungent can be seen as strong, spicy, hot, heady, overpowering, sharp, biting, apenetrating taste or smell; or you could take it by the forceful,biting, cutting, caustic, acerbic side. Forget about bland or mild.

Rancid food is bad, stale, rotten, completely off; the opposite of fresh food.

Rank means pungent but in the fetid, smelly, foul, stale, rancid, definitely badway; offensive to the smell or taste and not fresh.

Rich food is full, heavy, dripping, full-bodied, robust; a rich table isplentiful, abundant, loaded, ample, copious, stuffed. None of them islacking or plain.

Saccharine is another way to say sugary, syrupy, maybe treacly; certainly it’soverly sweet and opposite to bitter.

Saline or salty could almost be used without distinction or they could be substituted bybriny or brackish because both contain salt.Salty food is sure to be savory. Remember, salty is one of the basictastes.

Sapid, saporific,or saporous are certainly full of flavor; that is to say flavorful, flavorsome,flavorful, flavorous. Better not pronounce, just write; those are notevery day words

Savory has flavor. Which one? It might be salty, spicy, pungent, sweet orplainly aromatic and flavorful, but the taste would be pleasant andagreeable.

Scrumptious is shouting “eat me!” It is delicious, delectable, mouthwatering,tasty, delightful, gorgeous, lip smacking, yummy, wonderful in tasteand aroma; never unappetizing, unappealing, or tasteless. Think of ascrumptious pie is very appetizing, pleasing to your taste; yoursense of taste.

Sec is another way to say medium dry, un-sweet. This word is borrowed fromwine world.

Sharp incisive, harsh, sour, tangy, acid, pungent, tart, bitter; it could be acerbicor astringent, but it is not bland.

Sour is one of the basic tastes. It is acid, lemon-like or vinegary, tart,bitter, acerbic. Sour food has a sharp biting taste and, certainly,is not sweet.

Spicy food has the piquant, hot, fiery, burning taste of spices. We are talkingof highly spiced, piquant, zesty food, certainly savory. It can bealso described after the predominant spice, like peppery or gingeryfood. This is the complete opposite of mild food.

Strong tasting food is highly flavored i.e. highly seasoned; concentrated flavor,intense, pungent, and as such piquant, hot, spicy and sharp, with anintense aroma. The flavor is never weak or faint. A strong wineis high in alcoholic content.

Succulent food is juicy, moist, tender, lush, luscious food; usually sweet tastingand the opposite to dry, flavorless food.

Sugary or sweet means syrupy, candied, sugar coated, honeyed, sweetened, sugared, maybesaccharine; opposite to bitter, unsweetened or sugarless.

Sweet-and-sour, a Chinese specialty and also said of a dish that has a pleasant tasteand a bitter or sharp touch in contrast.

Sweetened or syrupy are other ways to say sweet, sugared, candied, honeyed, sugar coated

Tang applied to food refers to a tart spiciness. Describe it as that tasteexperience which leaves the tongue tingling after taking food to themouth. Flavor, relish, savor, smack, zest, tanginess, piquancy, nip,all those words can be written in place of tang. Bland or dull foodis just the opposite.

Tart sharp, sharp-tasting that is, bitter, acid or acidic, harsh, sour taste,just like a lemon. Sweet, honeyed and the like words are theopposite.

Tasteful or full of flavor, flavorful, food; it could mean refined,sophisticated, stylish or classy when it refers to the layout of adish –the realm of a food stylist; the opposite? The answer istasteless.

Tasteless is the opposite of tasteful or tasty. We are talking bland, flavorless,flat, insipid, weak, dull, savorless, plain, unseasoned, unsavory,unflavored, probably unappetizing food.

Tasting, sensing and distinguishing food by means of your taste buds. Atasting will usually mean a small sample of wine or food. To have atasting means taking a small amount of food or wine to test itsquality. But, sometimes, the only way to describe food is to say foodwas good tasting, or it tasted foul.

Tasty and by association… yummy! It is delicious, flavorsome, full of flavor,appetizing, scrumptious, probably fresh and juicy, making a succulentmeal, a kid would say finger licking good. Apply to food and dishesfull of bite, piquancy, zing, zest and relish. It will never be dullor tasteless, disgusting, gross or nauseating.

Toothsome, strictly used, refers to edible and pleasant food, or you could evenwrite tasty, appetizing or delicious instead, something reallypleasant to the sense of taste. But you will see it very oftenmeaning healthy food, good tasting food that has something more thangood taste going for it. The opposite will be inedible, tasteless,disgusting or foul… yucky!

Treacly is sweet but overly so, syrupy and saccharine to the point of beingdisgusting.

Unsweetened or no added sugar, no added sweet flavor; probably sugarless, plain orbitter in taste, but not always. Unsweetened tea is not to everyone’staste but unsweetened fruit juices are perfect, as there is no needto add any sweetener to something it is already sweet. Opposites aresweet, saccharine, or syrupy.

Foodwith a vinegary flavor would taste like vinegar. It would be acetous, sour, acid, acidic,tart, astringent, pungent, harsh, acrid; never sweet.

Yummy food is scrumptious, delicious, delectable, luscious, great tasting, muchmore than tasty, really appetizing, lip-smacking; the kind of food tohave you licking your lips in anticipation. This is the word everyonewants to hear when bringing food to the table. Yummy food is neverunpalatable, plain tasting, distasteful or disgusting.

Zesty food has a vivid, spicy, piquant, utterly savory flavor; feelsinvigorating, stimulating, fresh and reviving. Food with a zestyflavor never soothing or dull; this is exactly the opposite.




@темы: Vocabulary, Food&Cooking, English