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Kikunae Ikeda: The Father of Umami
Kikunae Ikeda: The Father of Umami0Kikunae Ikeda was a pioneering Japanese chemist who discovered the fifth basic taste, umami. Intrigued by the distinctive flavor of dashi broth made with kombu, a type of kelp, Ikeda began studying kombu’s chemical composition in 1907.

By 1908, Ikeda isolated the amino acid glutamate as the taste molecule responsible for the dashi’s savory taste. He gave the new flavor the name umami, meaning savoriness in Japanese. After patenting a method for mass-producing glutamate, he founded Ajinomoto, a company that commercialized the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG.

Ikeda’s discovery was revolutionary, adding umami to the known basic tastes of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. His 1909 paper detailed the umami sensation, describing it as distinct and complex, akin to the warmth and fullness of kombu dashi. Despite initial skepticism from the global scientific community, umami gained recognition over the decades, with research uncovering additional umami-inducing compounds from bonito flakes and dried shitake mushrooms.

Ikeda’s vision extended beyond academia. He sought to enhance nutrition and flavor in everyday cooking. Aji-No-Moto, Ikeda’s MSG product, achieved global success, validating his belief in umami’s universal appeal.



Hannah Kim
For The Teen Times
teen/1718582099/1613367679
 
인쇄기능입니다.
1. Who was Kikunae Ikeda? Why did he start studying kombu’s chemical composition in 1907?
2. What did Ikeda do by 1908? What name did he give the new flavor?
3. What did Ikeda's 1909 paper detail? What happened to unami over the decades?
4. How did Ikeda's vision extend beyond academia?
 
1. What do you think about Kikunae Ikeda and his umami?
2. Which flavors are pleasant? Which flavors are not? Explain.
3. How did the making of foods and beverages evolve over time? Explain.
4. What are some ways to enhance nutrition and flavor in foods? Explain.
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