Explore Your Umami With Billies & Tong!

Explore Your Umami With Billies & Tong!

This week we’ve learnt something new from a local chef here in Wells and we wanted to share this with you all. It is the ‘umami’ tastebud. Umami, which is also known as monosodium glutamate is one of the core fifth tastes including sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Did you know this?

Umami means “essence of deliciousness” in Japanese and its taste is often described as the meaty, savoury deliciousness that deepens the flavour. Scientists identified umami taste receptors on the human tongue in 2002 (alongside the sweet, sour, bitter and salty taste buds). Meaning that umami is an inherent taste universally enjoyed.

To get technical, umami is the taste of glutamate, an amino acid that is one of the building blocks of protein. Glutamate occurs naturally in the human body and many delicious foods we eat every day, including, but certainly not limited to, aged cheeses, cured meats, tomatoes, mushrooms, salmon, steak, anchovies, green tea and the list goes on.

Andre, a professional chef with over three decades of experience all over the world, kindly pointed out that whilst eating our delicious biltong, you will experience the umami tastebud. So, if you haven’t already, head to our website, order some biltong and enjoy this ultimate delicious experience.

We love learning something new and this new fact seems fitting in what we do here at Billies & Tong.

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