Investigation on Tastes and Taste Compounds of Jin-huaHam
Hangzhou Institute of Commerce Zhu Shangwu et al
The complex taste system of Jin-hua ham includes palatable taste which is the main taste, salty taste, sweet taste and bitter taste. The main palatable compound in the ham is glutamic acid Salt in the ham gives a salty taste and it is also a flavor enhancer to glutamic acid. Glutamic acid cxisits in the form of MSG by the pH value in the ham. The main organic acid in the ham is lactic acid. Aspartic acid is also a palatable compound. There are lots of amino acids in the ham providing sweet and bitter tastes. The ham manufactured with new technology has almost the same contents of all kinds of tastes campounds as that of with traditional technology. Both of them have similar taste systems.