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Today in 1908, Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda isolated glutamic acid from kombu (seaweed). The resulting sodium salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), had a taste that did not fit within the established four major taste categories- sweet, sour, bitter, or salty. Ikeda coined the term umami, meaning “delicious taste.” Umami is now the fifth recognized basic taste, […]