Spices and Other Flavourings
75 Elements of Taste
Essentially there are a handful of elements that compose all of the taste profiles found in the foods we eat. Western definitions of taste conventionally define four major elements of taste:
Asian cultures have added the following to the list:
- Umami (literally “pleasant savoury taste”)
Foods and recipes that contain a number of these elements in balance are generally those that we think of as tasting good.