The thing that I will remember five years from now is the 5 basic tastes. This concept of our taste buds only being able to taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami is very interesting to me. Before learning about this I would have never thought that our ability to taste different foods would come down to five simple taste categories. After learning this I now understand why my favorite candy is sour patch kids and sour skittles. This is because it uses two of my five basic tastes in sweet and sour. The sensation of have the first wave of sour with an after wave of sweet is amazing.
My mother has always asked me why I loved the candies that are sour and sweet more than any others and I have never had a valid explanation for her. I will now be able to explain to her this concept and she will not be able to question me again. The taste of umami also explains why many people love to sit down and have a great burger or steak dinner. You can find umami in almost every one of my main dishes at every meal.