Great read in today's SMH by Callan Boys, highlighting the growth in condiments and pastes showcasing strong umami flavours. Umami is the 5th taste, a savoury flavour typical of mushrooms, soy, tomatoes and some meats. Foods high in umami have that lovely mouth watering flavour - historically delivered often by MSG, now natural flavours are popular.
You can get your umami fix in several ways: slow fermented miso in "Oomite" (looking dark and thick like Vegemite), chilli sesame and fermented black beans with fried garlic in a crispy chilli oil, a combination of tamari and tahini or "Tumami" a match of tomato paste with black garlic from Alice Zaslavsky.
Increasingly customers seem to be turning from highly processed foods and appreciating the clean flavours of real food like Garlicious Grown Black Garlic Paste - pure umami in a jar! Great to restock in June as the free post deal for orders over $100 expires at the end of the month.