Examples of the 6 tastes

Examples of the Six Tastes:


  • Most grains such as wheat, rice, barley, and corn
  • Pulses (legumes), i.e. beans, lentils, and peas
  • Milk and sweet milk products such as ghee, cream, and butter
  • Sweet fruits (especially dried) such as dates, figs, grapes, pear coconut, and mango
  • Cooked vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, cauliflower, and string beans
  • Sugar in any form such as raw, refines, brown, white, molasses, and sugar can juice


  • Sour fruits such as lemon, lime, sour orange, sour pineapple, passion fruit, sour cherries, plum, and tamarind
  • Sour milk products such as yogurt, cheese, whey, and sour cream
  • Fermented substances (other than cultured milk products) such as wine, vinegar, soy sauce, or sour cabbage
  • Carbonated beverages (including soft drinks or beer)


  • Any kind of salt such as rock salt, sea salt, and salt from the ground
  • Any food to which salt has been added


  • Spices such as chili, black pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, cumin, cloves, cardamom, and garlic
  • Mild spices such as turmeric, anise, cinnamon, and fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, and mint
  • Raw vegetables such as radish, onion, and cauliflower


  • Vegetables such as chicory and bitter gourd; other green leafy vegetables such as spinach, green cabbage, and brussels sprouts
  • Fruits such as olives, grapefruit, and cocoa
  • Spices such as fenugreek and turmeric


  • Turmeric, honey, walnuts, and hazelnuts
  • Pulses such as beans, lentils, peas (dahl)
  • Vegetables such as sprouts, lettuce, and other green leafy vegetables; most raw vegetables; rhubarb
  • Fruits such as pomegranate, berries, persimmon, cashew fruit, rose apple, and most unripe fruits