Seasoned Pioneers – Shichimi Togarashi

by Hot Juan on April 22, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Seasoned Pioneers - Shichimi Togarashi

Seasoned Pioneers - Shichimi Togarashi

It is quite unusual for us to receive a spice mix that I have not come across before, especially one that dates back to the 17th century and is still in common usage in it home country.

Shichimi Togarashi originates from Japan. It was created in the 17th century by herb dealers in what is now Tokyo, it is also often called nana-iro tõgarashi or Yagenbori, as with most spice mixes everyone has there own version and the ingredients may vary.

I have eaten my fair share of Sushi, but sadly this does not make me an expert of Japanese foods, so it is hard to review this and compare it to anything else, but here goes..

The first taste I get is a slightly saltness from the Nori ( a type of edible seaweed used to make the green/brown wrapping about Sushi), and a citrus hit the orange peel,  this soon gives way to the chilli that is gently warming my mouth, as that cools I get the  ginger and peppery finish from the Sansho Pepper.

Ingredients: Red Chillies, Orange Peel, Black Seasame Seeds, White Seasame Seeds, Sansho Pepper, Ginger & Nori.

This packet was kindly supplied by Seasoned Pioneers.

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi

Note: What is Sancho Pepper I can hear you ask (Well maybe). Well it is a berry from the Zanthoxylum piperitum or Japanese Pepper, the berries can be used in their green immature form or are finley ground when fully ripe, it seems the leaves of the plant are also used to flavour soups etc.

I can see this being used as a condiment for Miso soups or how about a using to make a hot version of a  California roll (See Wikipedia). This combination has a nice kick to it, the full flavour of the ingredients would be best used where they can start to re-hydrate, so after a quick test is some Miso soup, I have to say I and intrigued by the flavours, the orange peel and chilli works so well together, I am very surprised and delighted.

You can buy this on-line at the Seasoned Pioneers website for £3.95 for a 38g packet, this may seem high, but Seasoned Pioneers makes a quality product and they are experts in their field just take a look around there web site it is packed with information and unusual spices. Most herbs and spice suppliers just do what sell the best, we must commend Seasoned Pioneers for being just that, they have brought us new flavours and experiances.


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