Simple answer: The fifth basic taste (the other four are sweet, salty, sour and bitter). It term comes from the Japanese words for “essence” and “delicious,” and its taste is often described as savory. It can be difficult to really identify umami – which is actually what caused its discovery more than a century ago. […]
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Penny Manegan Klatell, PhD, RN
Penny is a doctoral level nurse; a health, life, and wellness coach; and a Mom. She’s also a nutritional counselor, food lover, former college professor, author, blogger, speaker, and a very frequent restaurant visitor. She’s from a Greek restaurant family where she learned to cook and discovered the need to speak loudly to be heard above the din. She writes about delicious, healthy food and how to eat well anytime, anywhere, and at any age.