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Tasting with their Feet

A way to find out what’s good before you put it in your mouth

Have you ever thought how practical it would be if we could taste with our fingers? We would not have to bite into each apple or chocolate candy to locate the most delicious one – we’d simply run our fingers along and let them do the tasting. Sounds a bit like science fiction? Well, numerous insects and crustaceans actually taste this way. Taste and smell are so-called chemoreceptors, but smell operates over distances, taste requires physical contact (disregarding the remote taste receptors of snakes known as Jacobson’s or vomero-nasal organ, which will be the topic of a separate blog some day). —>