It is the fifth flavor, generally associated with savory, meaty foods. Umami was discovered in Japan and is an essential part of their cuisine. It is rarely, if ever, the main flavor in a dish. Instead, it is added to dish by various ingredients to give a rounded flavor in the finished dish.
Here at AllSpice, we like to make things as easy as possible. That’s why we started carrying Umami Dust. This powder, made mostly of ground mushrooms, makes it easy to round out almost any dish. From lentils to beef roast, Umami Dust pairs with everything.
Traditionally, Umami is used in Asian-inspired dishes. Stir-fries and miso soups benefit greatly from a quick sprinkle of this spice.