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Shichimi-togarashi (seven-flavor chili pepper) is a traditional Japanese condiment which blends together a number of difference spices, chili being the main ingredient. With Japanese cuisine attracting a growing following around the world in recent years, shichimi-togarashi has also become much-loved outside Japan as a staple seasoning for udon noodles and yakitori (grilled chicken on a skewer). This Nama Shichimi is a unique venture by a manufacturer that wanted to create its own improved version of the basic shichimi-togarashi concept. Shichimi-togarashi is usually created from a blend of dried ingredients; Nama Shichimi, however, blends together fresh spices, allowing the natural fragrance and spicy heat of the ingredients to come to the fore. Ishigakijima island in Okinawa Prefecture, where this product is made, is a place well known for its beautiful natural environment. The ingredients used here include natural foods that are special to the island, including the peel of the shikuwasa (Citrus depressa) and Ishigaki salt. No one should miss the chance to try this product, which just like regular shichimi-togarashi is blended to be the perfect complement to soups, nabe (hotpot) dishes and grilled chicken.

Price: ¥540

Manufacturer: Ishigaki-jima Uminomono Yamanomono Seisan Kumiai in Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture (www.umiyama.org)

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