Monday, April 19, 2010

Umami

uma·mi
Date: 1979
:
a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (as glutamate and aspartate)
from Merriam Webster


Oysters are always listed as an example of the fifth taste of umami, so it seems only fitting that someone would name their oyster after this. The Umami oyster is from Rhode Island and





UMAMI OYSTER - Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA
Another tasty treat from Salt Water Farms! Salt Water Farms is a carefully sighted shellfish farm, producing a sustainable crop in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. This site is located in deep water (up to 50ft) where strong tides wash billions of microscopic plankton over long-line suspended oyster cages. Well established as the grower of Quonset Point and Beavertail Oysters® , Salt Water Farms will seasonally harvest another savory brand of oysters. Umami literally means “taste sensation” and though the term umami is used frequently in East Asia, the Western World usually refers to this sensation as either “savory” or “meaty.” This cocktail grade oyster usually stops its growth cycle at or fewer than three inches in size but produces a lovely sensation for your taste buds. An American Mussel Harvesters exclusive oyster.

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