Palate cleanser

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A palate cleanser is a neutral-flavored food or drink that removes food residue from the tongue allowing one to more accurately assess a new flavor. In cultures where diversity of flavors in dishes is customary, the palate cleanser is considered an essential companion to main dishes.[citation needed]

Palate cleansers are often used between tasting wine or cheese or other strong flavors.[1] Pickled ginger is used as a palate cleanser between sushi pieces.[2]

Some widely used palate cleansers are sorbet, bread, apple slices, banana, biko and pickles.[3] Tart or citrus flavors are also used as a cleanser, such as braised pineapple or grapefruit.

Bamia is a traditional Anatolian stew that is sometimes served as a palate cleanser between food courses at ceremonial feasts.[4]


  1. ^ "What Foods Cleanse the Palate". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  2. ^ Wolf, Nicki. "What Foods Cleanse the Palate?". LIVESTRONG.COM. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  3. ^ "Eat Like the French With These Traditional Palate Cleansers". The Spruce Eats. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  4. ^ Basan, G.; Basan, J. (2007). Middle Eastern Kitchen. Hippocrene Books. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-7818-1190-3.

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