umami!

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August 20, 2005

Science of the Moment
"There is a taste which is common to asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and meat but which is not one of the four well-known tastes of sweet, sour, bitter and salty."
--Professor Ikeda on the "discovery" of the taste "umami" or "savory", famously the key factor of MSG...Wikipedia describes the sensation as well. Funny how it took so long to recogize it. Kind of like how Japanese recognize brown as a seperate color more than they do green-blue. (It's not that their "blind" to the difference, it just doesn't feel as "strong" to them, and that might partially be a cultural construct.)

All that reminds me of a poem I read in like fourth grade where a blind girl asks the reader to describe the color blue.