You can’t see your taste buds.
Taste buds not visible to the human eye. Those little pink and white bumps you do see on your tongue are actually called papillae, hair-like projections that taste buds rest atop. Each has an average of six taste buds buried inside its surface tissue.
Most of your taste buds cannot be seen with the naked eye. What you are seeing that appear to be the taste buds are taste papillae, which are small buds that contain sensory nerve cells responsible for the sense of taste.
There are three types of papillae: fungiform, circumvallate, and foliate. Fungiform papillae are most common and are found mostly at the tip of the tongue and at the edges. These papillae cannot be seen with the naked eye.
The other two types of papillae are less common but can be seen with the naked eye. Circumvallate papillae are large and found arranged in a V-shape at the back of the tongue, near the throat. There are only 7 to 12 circumvallate papillae, which are round and raised. We also have about 20 foliate papillae on the back edges of the tongue, which are also visible to the naked eye.