What is Umami?
Umami is the fifth taste sensation.
It’s not salty, sweet, sour, or savory; nor some combination of these.
It’s a unique taste and sensation that happens on the tongue with anything containing natural glutamic acid or glutamates.
Natural glutamates develop when some foods are fermented, aged, cooked, or processed (steamed in the case of matcha and many Japanese green teas).
Other foods containing umami include some cheeses, aged meats, certain mushrooms, miso, dashi, truffles, and more…
To learn more about umami, check out my recent T Ching article on it.