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Old 12-05-2011, 02:05 PM
Sitnam Sitnam is offline
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Foodies: what does 'savory' mean?

It's a descriptive term that seems to be nebulously defined. 'Pungently flavorful without sweetness' is the most common version I can find, but just about everyone using the word in shows like Chopped or Iron Chef use it like a classification, like we would use 'salty', 'acidic' or 'spicy'. Judges also typically say foods they approve of are, 'sweet and savory' which is nonsense to me since savory is defined as a flavor that is not sweet.

So what is it exactly, and what is a common food that best brings this flavor out?