Umami for Vegans

Umami; alongside salty, sweet, sour and bitter; is one of the basic tastes. Associated with "savoriness", the term was coined in Japan in the last century, but it can be found in lots of cuisines. It's been said that incorporating umami into the vegan diet can help one in making the transition from omnivore to herbivore:Some ways to incorporate umami into the vegan diet? Here are a few:
  • mushrooms
  • nuts
  • avocado
  • olives
  • seaweed

What do you think? Are these ingredients a good source of umami for vegans? Do you have any recommendations to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Ingredient Spotlight: Fermented Black Beans

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