Umami is the elusive fifth taste (after sweet, sour, salty and bitter) discovered in the last century by the Japanese and now recognized worldwide. Taste No. 5 Umami Paste, the inspired invention of cookbook author Laura Santtini, is a blend of Italian ingredients designed specifically to maximize the rich, savory umami effect in cooking. Use the red paste -- rubbed, squeezed or spread -- to impart a deep, dramatic taste sensation in everything from pasta sauces to salad dressings to grilled meat. A concentrated blend of tomato puree, porcini mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, black olives and seasonings. Heightens the intensely savory fifth taste of umami in cooking. Use the paste to add depth and roundness to sauces, dressings and gravies; stir into pasta, soups, stews and risottos; smear onto fish, meat and vegetables; or savor as a condiment for panini and crostini. 2.46 oz. tube. Made in Italy.