If you’re hearing this name for the first time, you’re not alone.

Umami is described as the fifth taste. Ask most people and they will tell you the human tongue can detect four basic tastes; sweet, sour, bitter and salty, but the sense of taste is actually much more complicated. The smell, look, sound and texture of food also help the taste bud relay to mission control in the brain.

In recent years Umami has been recognized as the fifth taste that involves all the senses and is said to have a spiritual or mystical quality. It evokes a special emotional response when that taste is experienced. If your dinner date seems to have left the table, maybe they have just experienced Umami!

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