27 May Today (NBC): What Is Umami? Experts Explain the ‘Mouthwatering’ Fifth Taste
It’s said that the man who discovered umami realized he was consuming a unique taste while eating a bowl of kelp broth.
We can only hope that the next great discovery comes to us over our own breakfast, but frankly, we’re still working on truly understanding umami, more than 100 years after it was first named.
Food writers and recipe developers commonly reference it but rarely do we see this elusive (or is it all that elusive?) fifth sense explained for the average person.
So, what actually is umami and how do we achieve it?