Umami, the fifth basic taste, is an inexplicable, delicious taste sensation that differs from sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes by providing a meaty, savory sensation.

Mushrooms add a deep, earthy, umami flavor to Eastern and Western dishes.Chinese gastronomes have written about umami for 1,200 years, Japanese researchers identified dietary components that produce the umami taste almost a century ago, and others have long characterized umami by a variety of descriptors. Science is now catching up to what great cooks around the world have instinctively known: that …

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