U – Umami

By Michael Martin On April 25, 2016 · Add Comment · U – Umami

Umami, sounds a bit like a football chant ‘who’s army’?… I really don’t know much about this ‘Umami’ but was intrigued by the fact that they now bottle it and pop it on the shelf in the local supermarket…You can buy taste, apparently.

Umami 5
Umami 5

I chose the topic to open some debate today, for the last few weeks my ‘Ponderings’ have largely not required response or comment, this ‘Umami’ I’m hoping will open debate and tomorrow I will wake to an inbox full of A to Z Challengers comments!

I believe it’s all about taste or the sense of, Salt, Sweet, Sour and Bitter have long been the four recognisable tastes, Western Science has recognised ‘Umami’ (from the Japanese yummy, deliciousness). The Japanese have documented ‘Umami’ as far back as 1908.

What has it to do with the Allotment, food artisans and smallholders? Well, with a bit of thought we could all discover that we are providing the ‘yummy deliciousness’ that the supermarkets have long since lost? The local Farmers Market might be another avenue of discovery?

Take a fresh tomato from the garden or greenhouse and one from the store shelf and the start of the experiment is instantly recognisable. Apparently Tomatoes, the ones homegrown are ‘Umami’.

I’m intrigued…The Beach Place, Ostend Beach, Walcott

Market stalls, vegetables, produce, Northwalsham, farmers amrket

Cromer crab, crabs, norfolk, zoo
Cromer Crab

2 thoughts on “U – Umami”

  1. I believe many have forgotten how to taste. Especially here in America where our supermarkets are indeed “super” in the sense that they are overblown will all sorts of products. Unfortunately those products are, well, crap. I watch my college students eat breakfast in class at 10am — a bag of Doritos tortilla chips and a Coke (or worse Gatorade). They’ve forgotten the adventures and pleasures of eating exotic foods (which are not all that strange) and the taste of freshness. I think, at least here in the States, there is a movement towards such things once again. Farmer’s markets in cities, community supported agriculture, city farms are all flourishing. Nothing tastes as good as local, as good as homegrown. Period.

  2. What Tony said.. and now I really must head to my veg patch to see if there’s any hope of growing something with taste this year. Is your whole AtoZ this year directed at me to get me to sort my garden out? Just asking.

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