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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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shichimi (togarashi), a Japanese spice mixture. The name means ‘seven flavours’ but is often translated as seven spices. The mixture is composed of: red chilli pepper flakes; sansho pods, roughly ground; black hemp seeds or white poppy seeds; white sesame seeds; rape seed; mikan (mandarin orange) or yuzu peel in tiny fragments; and nori (green seaweed) in small bits. The mixture is available in various strengths (i.e. degrees of hotness), and its main use is to be sprinkled on bowls of noodles, soups, or grilled meats.