The definition of umami is a savory, meaty taste that is experienced with high-protein foods and broths. Umami is one of the five basic tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami).
An example of umami is the savory taste of shitake mushrooms in a broth that is seasoned with soy sauce.
A taste sensation produced by the presence of glutamates and nucleotides and associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with the tastes sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
The taste of flavor enhancers added to food to accentuate savoriness, notably monosodium glutamate.
Origin of umami
- Japanese uma- stem of umai tasty, delicious -mi n. suff.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Japanese æ—¨å‘³, ã†ã¾ã¿ (umami), which describes the flavour.