Contrary to popular belief, we have five, not four, basic tastes. Many of you are probably aware of the first four: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Most do not know what the fifth taste is, and who can blame them? For awhile, scientists debated over whether this taste, known as “umami,” was credible. Some had trouble describing it, while others simply defined it as the taste of glutamates and nucleotides. It has definitely proven to be the “je ne sais quoi” of the senses.