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Shichimi Togarshi Red Pepper Mix
.52 oz
jar - Japan

The seven spices of prosperity!

Shichimi Togarashi, a blend of flavors that may have been created in the 17th century, as a way to help one to eat healthily.

Also referred to as Seven Spice, the number of ingredients in this pepper mix, this number is considered prosperous (lucky) and refers to Shichifukujin, the Seven Lucky Deities.

Though considered hot in Japan, it's what we might consider here as spicy but certainly not screaming hot. And that’s what makes it’s so nice to use. It adds a little heat when added to “dry” dishes, it really seems to come alive when added to liquid like soup or oil from a fresh fish.

Unlike so many “spice rubs” this one is not sweet with sugar, instead it has a wonderful hint of citrus. In addition, this mix has sesame seeds, ginger and seaweed which adds the umami that completes the seven flavors. With it’s little circular hole in the top it shakes out perfectly to make your Udon Noodles sing.

As a perfect complement to fish or fowl, imagine we have “drawn” a line down the center of our salmon fillet with ketjap manis, diced ginger, and gentle sprinkle of Nanami Togarashi to kick it up without dominating. Important when having any freshly caught fish.

Easy to have about, and just under a million ways to use it!

A traditional Japanese 7 spice blend. A mixture of red peppers, sansho pepper, roasted orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, seaweed, and ginger. A classic combination which is very useful to have around; The seaweed brings out the flavors in our dish, and the pepper gives a little kick to whatever you add it to. Usually used on Japanese noodle dishes, such as Udon and Soba.

Shichimi Togarshi or sometimes referred to as Nanami Togarashi

Chef John Howie uses this with his Spicy Ahi Tuna Sushi.