Umami – the key to reduce salt

The Greenyard Frozen and Greenyard Prepared research departments are on a continuous quest to reduce salt levels in all the company’s products. Adding the umami flavor – found in mushroom concentrates – is one of the keys to realise this ambition without making compromises in taste.

Umami is considered by many as the fifth taste, alongside basic tastes such as sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Derived from the Japanese word umami, which means “delicious,” it is often described as a savory, brothy, rich and even meaty taste sensation. Both chefs and foodies find it a satisfying and full-bodied flavor, with a distinctive aroma and mouthfeel.

Umami flavor enhances appetite but also increases satiety, the feeling of being gratified after a meal. It also brings out the best in other tastes, as it highlights sweetness and lessens bitterness. Last but not least, it counterbalances saltiness, allowing salt to be reduced up to 50% without compromising flavor.

As the umami flavour is easily extracted from mushroom concentrates, Greenyard Frozen utilizes the specialized product range available from its colleagues at Greenyard Prepared. Another great example of cross-divisional collaboration.

Umami - salt reduction