Shichimi Togarashi Spice from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano
I live in Niigata adjoining Nagano Prefecture, so some supermarkets in my city are handling specialty foods of Nagano.
In fact, the other day when I went shopping at a supermarket near my house, I found that kind of product from Nagano.
Specifically, when I was looking for a canned Shichimi Togarashi (a spice mix of ground red chili pepper and other 6 aromatic spices) in the seasoning and condiment section, I found refill bags for a famous Shichimi Togarashi from Nagano.
Since I had an empty Shichimi Togarashi can for the refill bag at home, I decided to buy that.
Shichimi Togarashi Spice Mix from Yawataya Isogoro
Both the Shichimi Togarashi can I possess at home and the refill bag I purchased this time are from “Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)”.
As I wrote about it in the past article, Yawataya Isogoro is a long-established spice shop located in the city of Nagano and is famous nationwide for its Shichimi Togarashi spice mix.
Actually, the Shichimi Togarashi specialty shop originated from a merchant named “Kanemon (勘右衛門)”, who began selling the 7 spice blend in the precincts of Zenkoji temple in 1736.
“Zenkoji (善光寺)” is a nationally famous Buddhist temple in the city of Nagano.
The Shichimi Togarashi produced and sold by Yawataya Isogoro is characterized by its pronounced ginger flavor. What is more, the 7 spice blend is spicier and has a stronger aroma than many others.
7 Ingredients (Spices)
According to the ingredient list on the back of the red refill bag, the 7 spices used in the Shichimi Togarashi blended by Yawataya Isogoro are as follows.
- Red chili pepper
- Sansho pepper
- Shiso (Perilla)
- Sesame seeds
- Dried citrus peel
- Hemp seeds
Shichimi Togarahi Can
The Yawataya Isogoro’s Shichimi Togarashi can that I have used for a long time consists of 2 parts, a can body and a can lid, and each part has a small hole.
Therefore, when you match the positions of the 2 holes, you can sprinkle the spice mix over food. If you are curious about the uses of Shichimi Togarashi, this article will help.
Shop Information : Yawataya Isogoro (八幡屋礒五郎)
Address : 83 Daimon-cho, Nagono, Nagano Prefecture (MAP)
Open : 9:00 am to 18: 00 pm
Open throughout the week
(Reference Page : Wikipedia 八幡屋磯五郎 )