Things That Are Sour

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Sourness is one of the basic tastes and is primarily caused by acidic substances, such as citric acid in lemons or lactic acid in fermented products. This taste sensation is often associated with foods that are not yet ripe or have undergone fermentation. Sour flavors can stimulate salivation and add brightness and complexity to a dish, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Here’s a gallery of things that are thin, with a categorised descriptive list below:

Food

Sour foods are a key component in various cuisines, offering a range of flavors from mildly tangy to sharply acidic. Here’s a comprehensive list of foods known for their sour taste:

  • Lemons: Known for their sharp, acidic taste.
  • Limes: Slightly less acidic than lemons but still distinctly sour.
  • Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage with a pronounced sour flavor.
  • Yogurt: Especially natural or Greek yogurt, which has a tangy taste.
  • Pickles: Cucumbers fermented in vinegar or brine, known for their sourness.
  • Kefir: A fermented milk drink with a sour taste.
  • Kimchi: A Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, primarily napa cabbage, with a tangy flavor.
  • Sourdough Bread: Bread made using a fermentation process that gives it a sour taste.
  • Green Apples: Certain varieties like Granny Smith have a tart flavor.
  • Vinegar: Used as a condiment and in cooking, it has a strong acidic, sour taste.
  • Tamarind: A tropical fruit used in cooking and sauces, known for its sourness.
  • Gooseberries: Often tart, especially when unripe.
  • Rhubarb: Has a naturally tart flavor, commonly used in pies and desserts.
  • Unripe Mangoes: Have a tangy, sour taste before they fully ripen.
  • Buttermilk: The liquid left after churning butter, with a sour taste.
  • Grapefruit: Some varieties have a bitter-sour taste.
  • Olives: Especially those that are brine-cured, can have a sour note.
  • Sorrel: A leafy green with a lemony, sour flavor.
  • Capers: Small flower buds, often pickled, adding a sour element to dishes.
  • Miso: A Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans, with a salty, tangy flavor.
  • Sour Cherries: More acidic than sweet cherries, often used in cooking and baking.
  • Greek Yogurt: Thicker and tangier than regular yogurt.
  • Feta Cheese: A brined curd cheese known for its tangy, acidic flavor.
  • Kombucha: A fermented tea with a characteristic sour taste.
  • Sumac: A spice made from dried berries, adds a sour, lemony flavor to Middle Eastern dishes.
  • Cranberries: Fresh cranberries are quite tart.
  • Sour Plums: Known as “umeboshi” in Japan, often salted and preserved.
  • Labneh: A Middle Eastern strained yogurt that’s tart and thick.
  • Unripe Bananas: Have a sour taste before they fully ripen.
  • Curdled Milk: Milk that has soured, sometimes used in cooking.
  • Tomatillos: A staple in Mexican cuisine, they have a tart, citrusy flavor.
  • Kvass: A traditional Slavic and Baltic beverage made from rye bread, with a sour flavor.
  • Pomegranate: The seeds can have a tart taste.
  • Sour Cream: Cream that has been fermented to a sour state, used in various cuisines.
  • Quark: A type of fresh dairy product with a mild sour taste.
  • Cottage Cheese: Can have a slightly sour flavor.
  • Escabeche: A Mediterranean dish of marinated fish or meat, cooked in an acidic solution (vinegar or citrus juice), and spiced.
  • Raspberries: Especially when not fully ripe, can be tart.
  • Sour Cabbage: Used in Eastern European dishes, similar to sauerkraut.
  • Dill Pickles: Cucumbers pickled in a brine with dill and other spices, offering a tangy flavor.
  • Green Tomatoes: When unripe, they have a tangy, acidic taste.
  • Artichokes: Can have a slightly sour taste, especially when pickled.
  • Blackberries: Can be tart, depending on their ripeness.
  • Pickled Onions: Small onions pickled in vinegar, with a sharp sour taste.
  • Blue Cheese: Some varieties have a tangy, sharp flavor.
  • Tempeh: Fermented soybeans that can have a slightly sour flavor.
  • Anchovies (in vinegar): Small fish often preserved in vinegar, acquiring a sour taste.
  • Cultured Buttermilk: A fermented dairy product with a distinctly sour taste.
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar: Has a complex, slightly acidic taste.
  • Roquefort Cheese: A blue cheese with a tangy, sharp taste.

Drinks

Sour drinks, ranging from traditional fermented beverages to modern cocktails, offer a refreshing and often tangy taste experience. Here’s a list of sour drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic:

  • Lemonade: A classic drink made from lemon juice, water, and sugar.
  • Limeade: Similar to lemonade but made with lime juice.
  • Kombucha: A fermented tea with a naturally sour taste.
  • Tamarind Juice: A beverage made from tamarind fruit, known for its sourness.
  • Shrubs: Drinks made from vinegar, fruit, and sugar, often mixed with water or soda.
  • Margarita: A cocktail made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, often served with a salted rim.
  • Whiskey Sour: A cocktail combining whiskey, lemon juice, and a sweetener.
  • Tom Collins: A refreshing cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water.
  • Daiquiri: A cocktail typically made with rum, citrus juice (usually lime), and sugar.
  • Sour Beer: A type of beer that has an intentionally acidic, tart, or sour taste.
  • Pisco Sour: A cocktail made with Pisco (a type of brandy), lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and bitters.
  • Caipirinha: A Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.
  • Amaretto Sour: A sweet and sour cocktail made with amaretto, lemon juice, and a sweetener.
  • Sidecar: A cocktail made with cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.
  • Bramble: A cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur).
  • Gimlet: A cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice.
  • Aperol Spritz: A cocktail consisting of Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of soda water, offering a light sour taste.
  • Cranberry Juice: Naturally tart, often sweetened for palatability.
  • Michelada: A Mexican beer cocktail with lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, and peppers, served in a salt-rimmed glass.
  • Hibiscus Tea (Cold and Tart): Can be served chilled with a bit of lemon for a sour taste.
  • Sour Apple Martini: A cocktail with a tart apple flavor, made with sour apple schnapps and vodka.
  • Singapore Sling: A complex cocktail that includes gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Bénédictine, grenadine, lime juice, pineapple juice, and bitters.
  • Mojito (with more lime): A cocktail made with rum, mint, lime, sugar, and soda water. Adding more lime juice enhances its sourness.
  • Paloma: A tequila-based cocktail with grapefruit soda and lime juice.
  • Cuba Libre (with extra lime): A simple cocktail of rum and cola with a generous squeeze of lime.
  • Rhubarb Cordial: A sweet, tart drink made from rhubarb.
  • Sea Breeze: A cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice, known for its tartness.
  • Fizzy Lemonade: Carbonated lemonade, enhancing the sourness with fizz.
  • Salty Dog: A cocktail made with gin or vodka and grapefruit juice, served with a salted rim.
  • Green Apple Soda: A carbonated drink with a tart green apple flavor.
  • Cherry Lime Rickey: A mixed drink of cherry syrup, lime juice, and carbonated water.
  • Prune Juice: Known for its tart flavor profile.
  • Pickled Plum Juice: Juice from umeboshi (pickled plums), often used in Japanese cuisine.
  • Pink Lemonade: A variation of traditional lemonade, often with added cranberry or raspberry juice for extra tartness.
  • Sour Grapes Juice: Juice made from unripe grapes, offering a distinctly tart flavor.
  • Cosmopolitan: A cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Lime Rickey: A drink made from lime juice, carbonated water, and a sweetener.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, which is naturally tart.
  • Sour Cherry Juice: Made from sour cherries, it’s tart and often sweetened.
  • Raspberry Lemonade: Lemonade flavored with raspberries, balancing sweet and sour notes.
  • Dark and Stormy (with extra lime): A cocktail made with dark rum and ginger beer, served with a generous squeeze of lime.
  • Tart Cherry Smoothie: A smoothie made with tart cherries, often balanced with sweeter fruits.
  • Electric Lemonade: A cocktail made with vodka, blue curaçao, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda.
  • Lemon Drop Martini: A vodka-based martini with lemon juice and a sugar rim.
  • Sour Plum Drink (Suanmeitang): A traditional Chinese beverage made from sour plums, sweetened and served chilled.
  • Cucumber Lime Agua Fresca: A refreshing drink made with cucumber and lime juice.
  • Sour Orange Marinade (Naranja Agria): Used in cooking but also consumed as a beverage in some cultures.
  • Frozen Lime Margarita: A blended version of the classic margarita, often more tart than its on-the-rocks counterpart.
  • Raspberry Vinegar Drink: A tangy drink made by diluting raspberry vinegar with water.
  • Lemon Ginger Tea (Served Cold): A tea made from lemon and ginger, served cold for a refreshing sour taste.

Desserts

Sour desserts beautifully balance the sharp, tangy flavors with sweetness, creating a unique and often refreshing taste experience. Here’s a list of desserts that are known for their sour elements:

  • Lemon Tart: A dessert with a rich lemony filling in a crisp pastry crust.
  • Key Lime Pie: Made with Key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk in a pie crust.
  • Sour Cherry Pie: A pie filled with tart cherries and sugar.
  • Lemon Meringue Pie: A dessert pie with a lemon custard filling and a fluffy meringue topping.
  • Rhubarb Crumble: Chopped rhubarb mixed with sugar and topped with a crumbly oat mixture.
  • Lime Sorbet: A frozen dessert made with lime juice and sugar.
  • Yogurt Parfait with Berries: Layers of tangy yogurt with sweet and sour berries.
  • Cheesecake with Lemon or Lime: A creamy cheesecake with a tart citrus flavor.
  • Lemon Curd Tartlets: Mini tart shells filled with a tangy lemon curd.
  • Sour Apple Galette: A rustic, open-faced pie with thinly sliced tart apples.
  • Raspberry Fool: A dessert of pureed raspberries folded into whipped cream.
  • Gooseberry Fool: A traditional English dessert made with gooseberries and cream.
  • Tamarind Ice Cream: Ice cream flavored with sweetened tamarind paste.
  • Cranberry Bars: Shortbread bars with a sour cranberry topping.
  • Lemon Pound Cake: A dense cake with a strong lemon flavor and a sweet glaze.
  • Blackberry Cobbler: A dessert with tart blackberries and a biscuit-like topping.
  • Pomegranate Panna Cotta: A creamy dessert with the addition of tangy pomegranate.
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake: A moist cake with sour cream and often a layer of fruits like cherries or blueberries.
  • Grapefruit Brûlée: Caramelized sugar atop tart grapefruit segments.
  • Rhubarb and Strawberry Tart: Combining sour rhubarb with sweet strawberries in a pastry crust.
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins: Muffins with a zesty lemon flavor and tiny, crunchy poppy seeds.
  • Hibiscus Sorbet: A tangy, floral-flavored frozen dessert.
  • Passion Fruit Mousse: A light, airy dessert with the tart flavor of passion fruit.
  • Lemon Ricotta Cookies: Soft cookies made with ricotta and lemon zest, often glazed with lemon icing.
  • Sour Cherry Clafoutis: A baked French dessert with tart cherries in a flan-like batter.
  • Baked Apples with Cranberries: Apples stuffed with a mixture of sour cranberries and spices.
  • Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake: A cake with a layer of tangy rhubarb at the bottom.
  • Sour Orange Pie: Similar to key lime pie, but made with sour oranges.
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake: A moist lemon-flavored cake with a tangy lemon syrup drizzled over it.
  • Berry Compote with Greek Yogurt: A mix of sweet and sour berries served over tangy Greek yogurt.
  • Green Apple Sorbet: A sorbet made with tart green apples.
  • Kumquat Marmalade: A preserve made from small, sour kumquats.
  • Lemon Bars: A shortbread crust with a tangy lemon topping, dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Sour Plum Cobbler: A dessert featuring tart plums topped with a biscuit crust.
  • Cranberry Orange Scones: Scones with the tartness of cranberries and citrusy orange flavor.
  • Gooseberry Pie: A sweet pie filled with tart gooseberries.
  • Yogurt and Honey Popsicles: Frozen tangy yogurt sweetened with honey.
  • Lemon Lavender Shortbread: Buttery shortbread cookies infused with lemon zest and lavender.
  • Passion Fruit Tart: A sweet pastry filled with tangy passion fruit custard.
  • Bilberry Pie: Similar to blueberry pie, but with wild bilberries, which are more tart.
  • Sour Cream and Cherry Swirl Ice Cream: Vanilla ice cream swirled with sour cherry compote.
  • Lemon Biscotti: Italian cookies flavored with lemon zest.
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Caramelized pineapple slices atop a vanilla cake, with pineapple’s natural acidity.
  • Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes: Lemon cupcakes filled with tart raspberry jam.
  • Tamarind Candy: A sweet and sour candy popular in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
  • Pavlova with Mixed Berries: A meringue-based dessert topped with whipped cream and tart berries.
  • Cranberry Cheesecake: A creamy cheesecake with a sour cranberry topping.
  • Lime Coconut Bars: A tropical twist on traditional lemon bars.
  • Sour Cherry Almond Cake: A fluffy cake with sour cherries and almond flavor.
  • Rhubarb Ice Cream: Creamy ice cream flavored with tangy rhubarb.

Snacks and Candy

Sour snacks and candies provide a tangy and often refreshing alternative to the typical sweetness of confections. These snacks can range from slightly tart to intensely sour, appealing to a variety of taste preferences. Here’s a list of sour snacks and candies:

  • Sour Patch Kids: Popular gummy candies coated with sour sugar.
  • Warheads: Extremely sour hard candies that eventually turn sweet.
  • Sour Skittles: A tart version of the classic Skittles candies.
  • Haribo Sour Gummy Bears: Gummy bears with a sour coating.
  • Toxic Waste Candy: Known for its intense sourness, these hard candies come in various flavors.
  • Sour Belts: Long, sugar-coated strips with a sour fruit flavor.
  • Sour Brite Crawlers (Trolli): Worm-shaped gummy candies with a sour coating.
  • Airheads Xtremes: Sweetly sour belts in rainbow colors.
  • Sour Lemon Drops: Hard candies with a sharp lemon flavor.
  • Zotz Fizzy Candies: Hard candies with a sour, fizzy powder center.
  • Sour Jolly Ranchers: A tart version of the classic hard candy.
  • Mike and Ike Sour-Licious: Sour fruit-flavored chewy candies.
  • Sour Jelly Beans: Jelly beans coated in a sour, sugary layer.
  • Sour Altoids: Small, intensely sour lozenges.
  • Sour Punch Straws: Chewy straws covered in a sour sugar coating.
  • Sour Watermelon Slices: Gummy candies shaped like watermelon slices with a sour coating.
  • Sour Starburst: A tangy twist on the classic Starburst fruit chews.
  • Nerds Sour Big Chewy: Larger, chewy version of Nerds with a sour coating.
  • Sour Apple Rings: Gummy rings flavored with sour apple.
  • Sour Razzles: First, they’re sour, then they turn into gum.
  • Lemonheads: Small, round, lemon-flavored candies that are sweet and sour.
  • Cry Baby Extra Sour Bubble Gum: Chewing gum renowned for its extreme sourness.
  • Sour Laffy Taffy: Taffy with a tangy, sour kick to it.
  • Sour Pringles: Potato chips with a sour cream and onion flavor.
  • Sour Popcorn: Popcorn with sour flavorings like vinegar or sour cream.
  • Sour Cream and Onion Pretzels: Pretzels with a tangy sour cream and onion flavor.
  • Sour Freeze Pops: Ice pops with sour flavors.
  • Warheads Sour Twists: Chewy candies that intertwine sour and sweet flavors.
  • Sour Dried Fruit: Like sour cherries, apples, or apricots, often with added citric acid for extra tartness.
  • Sour Fruit Leather: Fruit leathers made with tart fruit flavors.
  • Sour Cream and Chive Crackers: Crackers flavored with sour cream and chives.
  • Sour Pickle Balls: Candy balls flavored to taste like sour pickles.
  • Warheads Sour Coolers: Hard candies with a sour exterior and a cooling crystal center.
  • Sour Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds coated in a sour flavoring.
  • Sour Gold-Bears (Haribo): A sour version of the classic Haribo Gold-Bears.
  • Sour Gummy Worms: Worm-shaped gummy candies with a sour coating.
  • Smarties Extreme Sour: The classic Smarties candies in a sour variant.
  • Sour Chewy Nerds: A sour, chewy version of the classic Nerds candies.
  • Sour Cream and Onion Almonds: Almonds flavored with a tangy sour cream and onion seasoning.
  • Tangy Zangy Twists: Sour, fruit-flavored chewy candy twists.
  • Sour Jacks: Soft and chewy sour candy wedges.
  • Shockers (formerly Shock Tarts): Chewy candies with an intense sour flavor.
  • Sour Popping Candy: Popping candy with a sour twist.
  • Sour Fruit Snacks: Gummy fruit snacks with a sour coating.
  • Sour Marshmallows: Marshmallows flavored with a tangy, sour taste.
  • Sour Green Apple Chews: Chewy candies flavored with sour green apple.
  • Sour Mini Pretzels: Bite-sized pretzels with sour seasoning.
  • Sour Licorice Straws: Licorice candy with a sour flavor.
  • Sour Bubblegum Balls: Bubblegum with a sour sugary coating.
  • Sour Gummy Cola Bottles: Cola bottle-shaped gummies with a sour taste.

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