Although going raw may not make your mouth water, it definitely doesn't have to be bland and boring. Nature offers a wide range of flavors, with many raw foodists reporting a heightened sense of taste after modifying their diet. Here are some tastes to try in your own diet—whether you go raw or not.



Sweet and nutty

Sprouted grains, such as rye or wheat; sprouted and dehydrated nuts

Buttery smooth

Avocados; raw sesame tahini

Salt to taste

Celtic sea salt; dulse (a seaweed); miso; Nama Shoyu, reportedly the only 100 percent organic, unpasteurized living soy sauce; liquid amino acids derived from soybeans (sprinkle this flavoring on salads, soups—and even popcorn)

A bit of bitter

Raw sauerkraut and pickles; watercress; arugula

Earthy and pungent

Onions, garlic, horseradish

Meaty and chewy

Sprouted legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils, and peas

Tart but tasty

Lemon juice or pulp; orange zest

—L.L.