I just really love the name :)
What a cool name for a new taste- Umami- haha it kills me
The following information I found on the Umami Information Center.....
What exactly is umami?
Taking its name from Japanese, umami is a pleasant savoury taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. As the taste of umami itself is subtle and blends well with other tastes to expand and round out flavors, most people don’t recognize umami when they encounter it, but it plays an important role making food taste delicious.
So in Stupid terms- this basically means there is a 5th taste !
Not sour, sweet, bitter, salty- but Umami
This is basically that taste of deliciousity- like out of this world flavor and combinations of fantastic tastes :)
Example- specialty macaroni and cheeses, stuffed herb pork chops, things full of spices, its that home-cooked delicious taste that can't be replicated- however it can because the Japanese are doing it :) And doing it very well !
When humans eat, they use all of their senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste)
to form general judgments about their food, but it is taste that is the most influential in determining how delicious a food is. Conventionally, it has been thought that our sense of taste is comprised of four basic, or ‘primary’, tastes, which cannot be replicated by mixing together any of the other primaries: sweet, sour, salt and bitter. However, it is now known that there is actually a fifth primary taste: .