Herb Flavors and Tastes

Matthew Capowski

Staff member
This thread will be used to discuss herbal flavors and tastes and their significance.

Studies substantiating the energetic properties of herbs based on flavors and organ meridians (Michael Tierra)


Another method of classifying herbs is based on their flavors. Different cultures specify a slightly different set of distinct flavors. For instance, the Chinese describe five flavors: sweet, spicy, salty, sour and bitter. Ayurveda adds a sixth which is astringent. Most herbs have more than a single flavor. The reason is that herbs usually have a complex chemistry and since flavors are used to identify the basic dominant chemistry and nutritional value of foods and herbs, it is not uncommon for an herb to have more than a single flavor.