Pungency is the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or taste. Pungency is the technical term used by scientists to refer to the characteristic of food commonly referred to as spiciness or hotness and sometimes heat.

Like bitters, pungency is an action classification rather than a chemical one.

Well know pungent remedies include cayenne pepper, black pepper and ginger. The pungent principles within these plants are suggested to act upon the villanoid receptors producing a variety of stimulating effects.