Kaki no Tane (Kakipi) : All About the Japanese Rice Cracker

“Kaki no Tane (柿の種)”, also known as Kameda Crisps or Kakipi, is one of the most famous Japanese rice crackers in overseas countries as well as in Japan.

In Japan, the spicy rice snack is commonly served with beer as an “Otsumami (おつまみ)” and eaten with green tea as an afternoon snack “Oyatsu (おやつ)“.

In fact, Kaki no Tane goes perfectly with beer because the gas and bitterness of beer soothes the saltiness and heat of the snack. This also applies to green tea.

Kaki no Tane (柿の種) and Kakipi (柿ピー)

Kaki no Tane

I am proud of Kaki no Tane because the rice cracker originated in a confectionery company located in Niigata, the Prefecture where I was born and raised.

As the snack name, Kaki no Tane literally means persimmon seeds in Japanese, the rice cracker has an orange color and a crescent shape that are associated with a persimmon seed.

Kaki no Tane can be made not only from glutinous rice but also from non-glutinous one. The rice dough is baked without using oil, and seasoned with soy sauce and red chili pepper, making the rice cracker savory and a little spicy in taste.

The reddish orange color basically comes from red chili pepper and food colorings, but some products contain no artificial coloring materials.

Kaki no Tane often comes with roast peanuts. Kakipi refers to Kaki no Tane with peanuts.

Origin

Naniwaya Seika Ganso Kaki no Tane rice crackers

Kaki no Tane has its roots in a Senbei rice cracker made with a crushed mold. The first product was introduced into Japan’s market by “Naniwaya Seika (浪花屋製菓)” in 1925. Naniwaya Seika is a confectionery company whose head office is in the city of Nagaoka, Niigata.

Variety

Chocolate-coated Kaki no Tane

Although canned Kaki no Tane were the mainstream when I was small, today the rice crackers are mostly sold in plastic packages and come in many varieties and flavors.

Even among those, wasabi-flavored, mayonnaise-flavored, chocolate or cheese-coated ones are especially popular in Japan.

In addition to these standard ones, Kaki no Tane is also available in various unique flavors, such as curry, Umeboshi, Takoyaki, and Yuzu-Kosho.

Manufacturer

Kaki no Tane is one of the most beloved snacks in Japan, so many Japanese confectionery makers manufacture the rice crackers.

Even among those, the following 3 companies are especially famous in Japan for their Kaki no Tane products.

Naniwaya Seika (naniwayaseika.co.jp)

Naniwaya Ganso Kaki no Tane

As I wrote above, Naniwaya Seika is the first company that released Kaki no Tane. The product has a word “Ganso (元祖)” meaning “the originator” in the name.

Kameda Seika (kamedaseika.co.jp)

Kameda Seika, headquartered in the city of Niigata, is a leading Japanese food company well-known for its Senbei and other snack foods. “Kameda Crisps” available in the United States are produced and sold by this company.

Minoya Arare (minoya-arare.com)

Minoya Arare is a confectionery company located in Yokohama, Kanagawa. Tomoe Brand’s Hot Kakidane Arare sold in Hawaii has its roots in the Kakipi of Minoya Arare.

Recommended Kaki no Tane Products

Super Spicy Kaki no Tane Naniwaya Seika, Canned “元祖” Kaki no Tane  Assorted Kaki no Tane sold only in Tokai region
Recommended to those who love super spicy snacks. Don’t try this Kaki no Tane if you dislike spicy stuff. The original Kaki no Tane from Naniwa-Ya Seika. This product is a canned Kaki no Tane from the old days. This product is from Kameda Seika. It consists of 4 flavors: regular Kaki no Tane, shrimp, Hitsumabushi, and special wasabi.
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Recommended Recipe using Kaki no Tane Snacks

I introduced these recipes for those who don’t like Natto fermented soybeans before. Actually, Kaki no Tane is also known as a food that goes well with Natto. I know it sounds crazy, but if you try the recipe below once, you will like it.

(Source : Rakuten Recipe)

Kaki no Tane with Natto

Kaki no Tane and Natto
Ingredient Quantity
Natto One pack
Accompanying soy sauce One packet
Mayonnaise About 1cm
Kaki no Tane (Kameda Crisps) A rounded tablespoon
Shredded Nori seaweed A proper amount
Parched sesame seeds A small amount
  1. Put soy sauce and mayo in a pack of natto
  2. Break Kaki no Tane snacks into small pieces with hands, then add those broken pieces to the pack and stir well
  3. Serve the natto on a plate, and before eating, sprinkle shredded Nori and parched sesame seeds over it
  4. Enjoy!



(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 柿の種 )

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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