First there were only four tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Then umami hit the scene, spreading its literal deliciousness everywhere and even inspiring a now famed burger chain. Now, there’s a sixth taste: oleogustus (more commonly known as fat).
Researchers from Purdue University recently discovered that people can identify the distinct taste of fat as something totally separate from its texture. While the pure flavor of fat might sound delicious, it’s not. Oleogustus was described as “unpalatable,” “rancid” and “irritating.” But that’s only when it’s tasted on its own. Combined with other flavors, oleogustus can be delicious. Here, 11 fantastic, fat-infused recipes to celebrate the newest flavor.
1. Grilled Mackerel with Lardo, Avocado and Jalapeño on Toast
Thin slices of lardo (Italian cured back fat) are the key to this luscious dish.