Sweet, salt, sour and bitter. These are the four familiar tastes we’ve come to know best. And then there’s another flavor—umami. Until recently, we weren’t sure how to name this fifth flavor, much less describe it. But that hasn’t stopped us from craving it and creating it for most of culinary history.
No matter where you live, says cookbook author Jeanne Kelley, a simple garden — be it a pot of herbs or a plot of vegetables — is well worth the effort.