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Hammerhead
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I Was thinking it would be bitter since bitter foods are base and sour foods are acid. Does anyone know for sure?

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R. Paul Unwin
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Well, adding bases to acids will get you salts, so they're not opposites in terms of cancelling each other out and leaving nothing.

The idea of "opposite" tastes useful in some way? Not everything has an opposite.

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The answer lies not in the flavoring of foods, but in the tounge. [Razz]

Here's one vote for Salty.

Salty and Sour are the tastes responsible for controlling salt and acid balance. Bitter is for detecting possible poisons.

There number of specific tastes seems up to debate, but a general map of the touge has been made. The locations of the tastes vary depending on whom you ask, but salty and sour are near the front on the side and sweet is always at the tip. Bitter tends to be more towards the back which is probably why it's so hard to get the taste of a nasty cough syrup to go away. [Wink]

There's also the opposing veiw.

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What flavor is the opposite of sour?
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Syncopate One
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I'm not certain that there can be true opposites, but from a linguistic perspective, we have the concept of "bittersweet", or a thing that evokes opposite feelings.

On the other hand, "sweet and sour" seem to complement one another.

So if I had to draw out a "flavor wheel" (similar to the color wheel I used in painting class), I would definitely put sweet and bitter opposite one another, leaving salty as the opposite of sour.

But I doubt I'm right.

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I don't remember where, but I once read that if you had something too sweet, put salt on it, and too salty was combatted with sugar. I've never tried it.

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Jason Threadslayer
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Originally posted by R. Paul Unwin:
The idea of "opposite" tastes useful in some way?

Yes. In winemaking and similar pursuits, sweetness and alcohol are opposites. If you have some that is very alcohol tasting, you can add sweet to make it more palatable.

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I've always thought the opposite of sour is sweet...
I don't know, I just guess it is sweet...

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