The fifth Flavor
The five senses of taste are Salty. Sour. Sweet. Bitter and Umami
Umami was recognized in the 1980s and is a Japanese word that translates to "pleasant savory taste". It's described as the savory flavor often associated with meat, but savoryness is also naturally found in mushrooms.
This makes mushrooms a great meat substitute or to add a deeper savory flavor!
Adding extra umami to a meal can be a good way to reduce salt intake, due to the savory flavor, less salt is needed in cooking! Umami is a flavor enhancer!