Umami is a�culinary term used to describe a unique quality of flavor. This flavor is sometimes considered to be satisfying; meaty or savory; but it is difficult to put into words. Umami is considered to be one of the basic tastes; and it is based on the ability of human taste receptors to detect high levels of glutamate; an amino acid. The food additive MSG (monosodium glutamate) is one way to add this flavor. The word is Japanese in origin.

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