Gourmet Glossary: U

Gourmet Glossary: U

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Ugli Fruit: A hybrid of grapefruit, orange and tangerine.

Umami: Fifth element of taste. Umami is the Japanese word for “delicious” or “savory” but is regarded as broth-like or meaty tasting in Western cultures. The umami taste is most common in Asian foods, soups and stews, mushrooms, tomatoes and aged meats and cheeses. The most direct way most Americans have experienced this taste is in sautéed mushrooms as glutamate is abundant in all mushrooms. Other glutamate-rich foods include tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, bonito flakes, and kelp.

Unleavened: The word which describes any baked good that has no leavener, such as yeast, baking powder, or baking soda.

Unmold: To remove a cake, jelly, dessert or savory dish from a cooking container or mold, whilst retaining its shape.

Uniq Fruit: This citrus fruit has various, odd shapes and its skin is pot-marked. It is a cross between a mandarin orange and a Pomelo (the original grapefruit). They have a very short season and are available from December to April.

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