Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty and Umami.....Umami?

Think about it….your tongue signals the taste of things to your brain as sweet, sour, bitter or salty, but what about umami?

It’s the meaty sensation in aged or fermented products such as cheese or wine and the word is Japanese in origin.

Umami foods include Parmesan, mushrooms, red wine veal stock and meat and other protein-dense foods.

More than likely out tongues detect the amino acids glutamic acid or the glutamates and transfers them into savory flavor.

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