Umami is now slowly being accepted as a distinct fifth taste in addition to salt, sweet, bitter and sour. Just what is umami? It is a distinct taste that often seems more like an enhancement of other tastes, it sometime seems like a mixture of sweet and salt or a "meaty" flavor. It is most prevalent naturally in Japanese kelp broths. Umami is not present in large amounts in any natural foods. Umamai is the taste of glutamates and certain amino acids. The most readily available form of glutamates is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) I heartily recommend that everyone carry a vial of MSG with them on vacation to enhance mediocre restreaunt fare. Add it to everything, even the water!