Friday, April 20, 2007

An important lesson from this week

So, completely on accident and at the age of 32, I suddenly discovered this week that you can taste things with the underside of your tongue.

First, I took a salty tortilla chip, lifted my tongue and stuck it underneath, being certain that it didn't touch the top of the tongue. I held it under my tongue and discovered that I could definitely taste the saltiness of the chip. In fact, it tasted great!

I haven't experimented with other taste sensations yet (sweet, sour, etc.) but I will get to work on it and keep you updated.


  1. Contrary to popular understanding that different tastes map to different areas of the tongue, taste qualities are found in all areas of the tongue.

  2. But that selfsame article says, "Taste buds are small structures on the upper surface of the tongue, soft palate, and epiglottis that provide information about the taste of food being eaten."

    What about underneath?

    Also, who knew that the epiglottis could taste things? A whole new world of experimentation opens to me.

  3. I wonder if the saliva in your mouth would bring the taste to other parts of your tongue?

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