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“Furikake” is Japanese rice seasoning, a versatile condiment that is commonly used on rice bowls or in rice balls. Typically, Furikake consists of nori (dried seaweed), salt, dried fish, and toasted sesame seeds. As an all-purpose seasoning, Furikake can be used on any food as you please, including seafood and vegetables.
The idea of Furikake was something that had existed in Japan 12 to 13 centuries ago, where Japanese people had created a version of Furikake using dried fish flakes. Later on in the Taisho period (1921-1926), a pharmacist invented the modern version of Furikake out of concern for the lack of calcium in the Japanese diet. So not only was Furikake made as a seasoning but it was also made to support general health and nutrition in Japan.
If you go to your everyday Asian market, you may find a premade version on the shelves, often in a variety of flavor offerings. But did you know that you can easily make Furikake by repurposing your used green tea leaves? The green tea leaves enhance the umami flavor of Furikake while providing additional health benefits. Upcycle your used Gyokuro, Sencha or Genmaicha leaves to make your Furikake. We recommend using higher quality tea green tea such as Sencha or Gyokuro because it will give you maximum umami flavor and an energy boost!
In Japan, you may hear the phrase “Mottainai!” which translates to “What a waste!” Japanese environmentalists have used this phrase to loosely express the regret of being wasteful, paired with the appreciation for the gifts of nature. The eco-friendly philosophy of protecting what we have, using something to the end of its life, and continuously repurposing is typical throughout Japanese culture and can be seen as a trait in many Japanese people.
In the spirit of “Mottainai” culture, follow our Furikake recipe below to make homemade Furikake by repurposing used green tea leaves!
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As an alternative, you can also use used Sobacha grains, or buckwheat tea for your Furikake following the same steps as the recipe above. Toast the Sobacha grains in a light coating of sesame oil and toss them into your Furikake mixture for a different flavor and texture!
Sobacha is a popular caffeine-free tea with a toasty aroma and nutty, sweet flavor that can be enjoyed hot or cold. This dattan Soba tea contains 100 times the rutin compared to common buckwheat and offers impressive health benefits such as regulating blood sugar and digestion.
Furikake is a versatile seasoning, much like the trending Everything But the Bagel Seasoning! Try it on noodles, pasta, eggs, avocado, toast, and popcorn. Get creative and try it on anything you desire.
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