Saturday, January 19, 2008

Upping Umami - Naturally

Umami is one of the five basic tastes (the others are sweet, salty, sour and bibtter). Umami is derived from the Japanese words "umai", which means "delicious," and "mi", which means "essence". Many peopple describe its taste as "meaty" or "savory". By including high-umami ingredients in healthful cooking, you'll naturally be adding savory satisfaction. Stock your kitchen with these foods rich in umami. Be sure to pick natural varieties of these foods, too.

  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Aged cheeses, including blue & parmigiana-Reggiano cheese
  • Beef
  • Black Beans
  • Broth / stock, chicken and beef (reduced sodium)
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms, fresh & dried, such as morel, shiitake & portabella
  • Peas, fresh and frozen
  • Red Wine
  • Sea Vegetables (seaweeds)
  • Seeds and nuts, including sunflower seeds and almonds
  • Sauces, like Worchestershire, black bean, soy & Asian fish sauces
  • Shellfish and dark-fleshed fish, including salmon & anchovies
  • Soy products, including miso & tofu
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Truffle oil

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