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Dashi Kombu

Made from second year ma-kombu, giving a thick, full-bodied dashi.
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Shio Kombu

Has a bold flavour, and works well with rice and pasta.
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Fūmi Natural Umami

An all-natural umami seasoning to enhance your cooking.
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Fūmi Natural Umami

Fūmi Natural Umami is a versatile, all-natural seasoning that adds a subtle yet deeply satisfying umami boost to your cooking. Perfect for all cuisines, this neutral seasoning liquid quickly penetrates and blends into foods, so it enhances the underlying flavors of ingredients without masking them.

Produced in Japan, Fūmi Natural Umami is extracted from naturally preserved ingredients that are loaded with umami flavor compounds. A small amount of salt is then added to this essence, which serves to amplify the umami. Based on traditional flavorings, this seasoning makes it easy to apply the essence of Japanese cuisine—the use of water, salt and umami to transform foods—to any cooking.

How to Use Fūmi Natural Umami:

  • Enhance the intrinsic flavor of vegetables, seafood, chicken and pork
  • Marinate foods before grilling or sautéing
  • Adjust flavor, add an umami-rich finish, preserve color and, especially for vegetables and leafy greens, maintain freshness and vibrancy
  • Add to soups, stocks, sauces and vinaigrettes to help bring out more mouthwatering taste

And because it´s naturally low in salt, yet loaded with umami flavor, cooks rely on Fūmi Natural Umami as an alternative to heavy salting of foods. The seasoning comes in a convenient spray bottle. With so many applications, Fūmi Natural Umami is an indispensable seasoning to complement the deliciousness of your culinary creations.

Use Fūmi Natural Umami Instead of Salt

Umami does more than make food delicious; it creates a rounded, savory feeling on the palate, much the way salt does. Because of this mouthwatering taste sensation, Fūmi Natural Umami can be used instead of salt, allowing you to reduce salt in your cooking, while still retaining the same level of flavor and enjoyment. And besides helping to decrease sodium, umami plays another role: it helps give you a feeling of gustatory satisfaction as you dine, so you feel full faster and eat less as a result, which can have healthful benefits.

Kombu Kelp: The Secret to Fūmi Natural Umami

This sea vegetable is the central ingredient in Fūmi Natural Umami. Cultivated in the icy waters of northern Japan, kombu has the highest concentration of glutamate umami compounds of any natural foodstuff in the world. Kombu, whose fronds can grow up to 20 feet long, takes two years to mature. Once harvested, the fronds are laid out on the rocky shoreline to dry under the sun, and may be further matured through cellar conservation. This natural preservation teases out the umami substances intrinsic to kombu, which are then extracted to produce Fūmi Natural Umami.

Fūmi Natural Umami and the Power of Japanese Cuisine

A key distinction between Western and Japanese cuisine can be summed up as “subtraction versus addition.” While Western cooking aims to create a resonant flavor impact by layering fats, herbs and spices, Japanese cuisine takes a different approach, striving to distill foods to their natural essence, and balance subtle flavors.

Umami is central to this effort.

Japanese cooks rely on umami-laden liquids like dashi, the fundamental Japanese stock, to amplify the natural flavors of ingredients, without masking or overwhelming them. Fūmi Natural Umami takes this idea further. Created with the help of French chefs, Fūmi Natural Umami gives cooks of all culinary styles the power to apply a fundamental characteristic of Japanese cuisine to their own creations—and subtly enhance the dishes they cook.

Fūmi Natural Umami is created with classic Japanese ingredients naturally preserved and cured by traditional artisan producers.

All-Natural Ingredients: Water; sea salt; kombu kelp; dried shaved bonito; dried scallop; dried shiitake mushroom; dried shrimp

Standard packaging:
Spray Bottle: 1 ctn = 10 x 150ml (5 fl oz) spray bottles
Bottle: 1 ctn = 6 x 900ml (30 fl oz) bottles