June 15th, 2010
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Category: Flavor
Origin: Japanese
Definition: The supposed "fifth flavor" in cuisine, "umami" is a Japanese term that is loosely translated as "meaty" or "savory" but refers to an overall depth of taste. Scientifically speaking, it refers to the presence of the amino acids known as glutamates. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is sometimes added to dishes to enhance their umami

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