Umami was founded in Zeeuws- and West-Flanders, a region that excels in gastronomy. The collaboration between 2 companies that have long been active in skin care has led to the creation of “UMAMI.”
Umami is a Japanese word which means “deliciousness” or “savoury”. Our taste buds aren’t just sensitive to the 4 basic flavours: salt, sweet, sour and bitter, because there is a fifth flavour, namely Umami.
The Japanese professor Kikunae Ikeda described a 5th basic flavour in 1908 when tasting a bouillon that was based on seaweed. He was convinced that this flavour was unique and couldn’t be created with the 4 other basic flavours. To Professor Ikeda this new flavour was a pleasant flavour experience so he named it Umami, the Japanese word for delicious.