100% Whole Garlic Bulb
Flavor notes of dried fig, raisin, balsamic with subtle garlic undertones
Furikake was originally developed in Japan around 1912 by a pharmacist as a helpful solution to nutrition deficits. Then it was called Gohan No Tomo, A Friend for Rice. It was then a ground product to be sprinkled on top of cooked rice , vegetables, and fish. Over the last 100 years Furikake has be refined into the product we know today. Yuzu Furikake is one of the most popular and basic Furikakes in Japan. Yuzu Furikake has color , texture and a traditional taste. You get an emerald green look and a fresh sea taste from the small nori squares. A delightful crunch and nutty sesame taste from the Toasted White sesame seeds. A perfect balance of sweet and savory from a dash of sea salt and sugar. Yuzu has been described as Zesty, aromatic, subtle and coy. The Yuzu flavor is fresh bright & tart, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of Tangerine and Meyer Lemon with subtle hints of Pine. Japanese love the essence of this wonderful fruit. Yuzu trees are common in Japan, especially in the temperate southern and western regions. Use Yuzu Furikake as a tasty topping for a variety of dishes.
Japan has been refining the original British curry recipe since it arrived in Japan over 100 years ago. The modern Japanese culinary scene is saturated with curry stands and it is the second most consummed dish behind sushi. This regional, northern 14-spice yellow curry style, found in Morioka lends this curry to be milder with more emphasis on the umami qualities when its compared to its Indian & Southeast Asian counterparts. Japanese Yellow Curry has a unique flavor profile of both savory and sweet spices, with less heat. The base of this curry, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Coriander and Cumin provide a vegetal aroma and a deep earthy flavor. Cardamom ads the sweetness along with the bright zip of cinnamon. The heat in this regional blend comes from the perfect ratio of black pepper, regional Japanese red chili pepper, ginger root and mustard seed. Fennel seed add the licorice flavor and aroma. This perfectly balanced time-tested balanced ratio of 7 main spices with 7 trace sub spices makes this proprietary concoction a prized tool in a top chef arsenal.
Udon Katakuriko, or Udon made from potato starch is made in the Hokkaido style, a mountainess region that receives heavy snowfall and is also one of the largest potato producing regions. The starch from the potato flour doesn't provide much potato flavor, but is necessary to produce the ideal Koshi, or "strong texture" preferred by most Udon lovers. This versatile noodle can be served hot or cold, in a broth or plain with a dipping sauce.
Katsuobushi, or Skipjack Tuna is filleted into 4 loins, simmered for couple of hours, deboned, rubbed with fish paste and then smoked for about a month. Each loin is then elegantly shaved down to create a perfect shape and is sprayed with a mold similar to Koji. The finished loins spend the next 6 months cycling between the humid fermentation room and the dry sunlight. Once complete, it is packaged whole or shaved. Katsuobushi is a fundemental and critical ingredient across all Japanese cuisine. It can be found in soup stocks (Dashi), salads, dipping sauces, marinades, rice dishes, sushi and is often used as a garnish.
Japanese Akajiso Bulk is made with whole dried Japanese Red Shiso leaves. This is the unprocessed form of bulk dried leaves, hand selected and minimally handled to preserve the highest quality aroma and flavor. Unsalted & unpickled, this lively, vibrant ingredient ranges from basil to mint, with earthy, vegetal overtones and a little zip. All Natural. Pesticide Free. Dried naturally and prepared using traditional Japanese techniques.
Wakame Seaweed is a fundemental ingredient of Japanese Cuisine. It is used across many applications, such as salads, added to dashis and soup bases, or as a stand alone ingredient. Wakame is slightly sweeter than Hijiki and doesn't have the bitterness. It has been harvested by sea-farmers for 1300 years. Wakame grows best in cold, well oxygenated waters that are abundant with reefs or rocky sub-terrain.
Yaki-Nori or Roasted Seaweed is a vital ingredient of the sushi trade, used primarily for Maki and Nigiri. As sushi has become more mainstream, ingredients such as nori have been used across many cuisines. Nori is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals and has a wonderful natural flavor. Yaki-Nori sheets date back to the Edo period where it was first produced following the same techniques used in making paper. Nori grows best at a depth of around 25 feet and is typically grown on nets that can be easily harvested by boats. Each plant takes about 45 days from seed to first harvest and can reharvested about 10 times.
Japan has been refining the original British curry recipe since it arrived in Japan over 100 years ago. The modern Japanese culinary scene is saturated with curry stands and it is the second most consummed dish behind sushi. This prized 18-spice regional, northern yellow curry style, found in the Yamagata Prefecture lends this curry to be milder with more emphasis on the umami qualities when its compared to its Indian & Southeast Asian counterparts. Japanese Yellow Curry has a unique flavor profile of both savory and sweet spices, with less heat. The Turmeric, Coriander, Cumin and Beiriifu provide a vegetal aroma and deep earthy flavor. Cardamom ads the sweetness along with the bright zip of cinnamon. The heat in this tantalizing mixture come from the perfect ratio of black pepper and regional red chili pepper. The Anethole from the star anise and fennel add the licorice flavor and aroma. This ultra-premium, refined and perfected yellow curry balances a ratio of 9 main spices with 9 trace sub spices is extremely popular in this region.
Mustard plants are very rare in Japan. Japanese mustard seeds are very high quality seeds with powerful aroma & flavors. Yoogarashi has a milder mustard taste similar to western mustards. Karashi Yoogarashi mustard powder is made from ground yellow & white Japanese mustard seeds and has a more subdued and elegant flavor. Traditional mild Japanese mustard is made by only adding water to milled seed powder which yields a simple mustard flavor and allows it to be used well with a variety of other ingredients across many applications.
Hijiki Seaweed is a common ingredient across many Japanese dishes. It is used in salads, as a furikake on top of rice, in dashis and broths, or as a seasoning, among others. Hijiki is rich in dietary fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Farmers harvest the Hijiki in the spring between May and March during low tide. After collection, the seaweed is boiled and then dried in the open air. It can be milled as used as a powder or reconstituded.