AJI-NO-MOTO® also known as Monosodium glutamate (MSG) was discovered in 1908. It is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, an amino acid and an important component of protein. The various forms of glutamic acid are generically referred to as "glutamates". Glutamate is a natural element found in virtually all foods such as meat, fish, poultry, milk (including mother's milk), and many vegetables. It can be found in "bound" form when linked to with other amino acids to form protein and also in "free" form when it is unlinked.
The first sellable MSG in the world is produced by Ajinomoto by fermentation process from natural food substances - kelp; and nowadays produced by tapioca and sugar cane. MSG is the purest form of umami and is widely used as a quick and easy way to add savory deliciousness to meals. AJI-NO-MOTO® itself does not have any taste but imparts the umami taste when added to food. With its 99% purity & good texture, many chefs and housewives have AJI-NO-MOTO® as the essence of the kitchen.