We learn through our senses. We learn our likes and dislikes. We learn about people, places, and things. Our senses help us explore new things each day. Our sense of taste helps us understand the flavors of our world.
We taste four basic flavors: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Sugar and honey taste sweet. The taste buds at the front of the tongue taste sweet flavors. Lemons taste sour. The taste buds on the side of the tongue taste sour flavors.
Chips and crackers taste salty. Most people have taste buds for salty tastes on the front sides of their tongues. Some people have taste buds for salt all over their tongue. Take a bite of a banana peel, or try a piece of dark chocolate. They taste bitter. The taste buds at the back of your tongue taste bitter flavors.
Enjoy your sense of taste. It mellows as you grow older. Taste buds disappear with age. Babies are born with taste buds all over their mouths. They have taste buds on their tongues and on the sides and roof of their mouths. Babies taste strong flavors in the foods they eat.