Yuzu Shichimi : Traditional Japanese Spice with Citrus Peel
When it comes to traditional Japanese spice, “Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子)”, or simply “Shichimi (七味)”, has been widely used in Japan through the ages.
Shichimi Togarashi is a traditional Japanese spice blend consisting of 7 aromatic spices. Its first ingredient is ground red chili pepper and the other 6 spices vary depending on the producer.
Japanese use the spice mix sprinkling over various foods as a condiment or seasoning, typically over Udon and Soba noodle soups, Miso soup, Gyudon beef bowl, and pickles.
Since Shichimi Togarashi is a little spicy and flavorful, the addition of the spice mix makes food appetizing.
Although the main ingredient in Shichimi Togarashi is traditionally ground red chili pepper, there is also a popular version of Shichimi in Japan whose first ingredient is dried citrus peel.
Yuzu Shichimi (柚子七味)
The Shichimi Togarashi with citrus peel as a primary ingredient is called “Yuzu Shichimi (柚子七味)”, for the spice mix uses the peel of the citrus fruit called “Yuzu (柚子)” as the first ingredient.
Yuzu looks like an orange, but the Japanese citrus fruit isn’t sweet but is characterized by its strong sour taste and good fragrance.
The Yuzu Shichimi I purchased this time contains 50 % Yuzu citrus peel in it. Hence, compared to normal Shichimi Togarashi, the citrus Shichimi is floral in aroma.
According to the ingredient list, the first ingredient in this Yuzu Shichimi is Yuzu citrus peel, the second is red chili pepper, and the other 5 spices are black sesame seed, hemp seed, poppy seed, green laver (seaweed), and Sansho pepper.
How to Use Yuzu Shichimi Togarashi
Although Yuzu Shichimi is more fragrant than other Shichimi Togarashi spice mixes, the way to use it is not much different from that of regular Shichimi Togarashi.
Therefore, you can use Yuzu Shichimi in the same way as usual Shichimi Togarashi.