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Old 06-25-2005, 09:55 PM   #1
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Define "piquant"

Saw this term used a number of times in Joy of Cooking and so I looked in the index but there was no definition for it. I had always assumed it meant "hot" because there is this Piquant sauce I have that is somewhat hot but looking at the Joy of Cooking this cannot be so. I mean the way they used the term seemed to exclude a pure hot taste.

So what is your definition?


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Old 06-25-2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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Hi jp,

I've always assumed it ment something with lemon or wine or capers, to give a slight tartness of taste...

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Old 06-26-2005, 03:17 AM   #3
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Piquant literally means or refers to "stimulating the palate".

To me, it's a combination of a dish that has a high amout of citrus and/or heat. A good example would be a ceviche.
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Old 06-26-2005, 03:24 AM   #4
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okay that sort of makes sense given the context that it was used. I cant remember exactly but they said something like savory, sweet, piquant and bitter or something like that and I was trying to figure out what it meant.
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pi·quant ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pknt, -känt, p-känt)
  1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:12 AM   #6
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yup, just a little sharp, oooh nice.
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:27 PM   #8
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I saw on a menu once the term "piquant sauce" and it was horseradish and sour cream.

I always assumed it had an acidic type flavor.


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