Umami Foods List?

I saw on the Today Show a few weeks ago that a new taste has been discovered.
The four main tastes- salty, sour sweet, and bitter, and umami.
What is umami in food and how do you know when you found it? Also- shouldn't spicy be a taste?
Is there a list of foods that taste umami?

asked by Beek in Foods | 6235 views | 11-18-2009 at 10:25 PM

Umami is a Japanese word meaning "savory" or "meaty" and thus applies to the sensation of savoriness—specifically, to the detection of glutamates. The list of food includes meats, cheese and other protein-heavy foods.

Conventional wisdom used to tell us that there were only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Now, in the last decade, umami has been established as the "fifth" basic taste, and is gaining in popularity and influence.

So what is the difference between taste and flavor? Well, try this quick test with a flavored jelly bean. Put one in your mouth and chew it while holding your nose. You may taste a sweet sensation, but that's it. Then, release your nose. When you do, the fullness of the jelly bean flavor will come rushing through, whether it be bubble-gum or lemon drop. This is because our olfactory senses are necessary for completing many of the flavors we experience. That's not the case with the basic tastes, which are detected solely by the tongue.

answered by Juny | 11-18-2009 at 10:27 PM

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