Is this a ridiculous question? Well, not necessarily. ‘Can you taste with your testicles?’ was actually a widely circulated topic in the press several years ago,and we thought it was worth revisiting. Apparently, the tongue is not the only organ with taste receptors; scientific research from Oxford Academic has found that various other body parts have them, including the testes.
Yes chaps, your gonads do in fact have taste receptors that can taste sweetness and umami (a savoury taste found in cured meats, fish, cheese and mushrooms). Now, you might be thinking, ‘does this mean if I dip my…’ NO! Don’t go there! Let’s not add a whole new meaning to the term ‘teabagging’. You won’t be able to tell the difference between Sauternes and Sancerre using your scrotum, no matter how fun it might be to try. The taste receptors in your testes are not nearly as sensitive as those on your tongue, but they are there and it’s to do with an important role they have to play with fertility.