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Shichimi 7 Spice Blend In Nagano

Shichimi 7 Spice Blend In Nagano

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In Nagano, Emmy heads to a farm that grows spicy shichimi peppers, as well as a 300-year-old spice shop that sells shichimi, the famous 7-spice blend unique to the region.

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- Oh, oh! - - My boots are too big. - Trying to catch a frog. A beautiful little green frog. But. All right. - Yeahfor sure. Hey guys, my name is Emmy and I'm eating my way across Japan in the most unlikely way. I'm on a quest to discover Japan's unique Kit Kat flavors from Tokyo's rum raisin towasabi. I'm tasting, exploring, and unwrapping what each region has to offer. Hi everyone, it's Emmy. I'm here in beautiful Nagano which is famous for a seven spice blend which you may or may not be familiar with. It's called Shichimi. I'm here specifically because the company that makes that seven spice blend teamed up with Kit Kat to make this. Shichimi flavored Kit Kat. So, I'm very curious to see what this is about. All right, let's check it. And there is the lovely bar. A little bit darker than the Kit Kats that we have at home. So maybe it's a bit like dark chocolate. The chocolate's a little bit darker so there's a little bit of bitterness. And I'm not tasting the chili quite. Ah, there it is. So you really have to wait for it. It's at the very very very end. As your mouth kind of warms up all the chocolate and crunches up that crunchy wafer. And you get just a touch of heat on the very very back of your throat. But it's delicious. All right. Now that I've tasted it let's go find out why this is the flavor of Nagano. So my first stop is the farm where they actually grow the Shichimi peppers for the Kit Kat. And it just happens to be situated by these beautiful apple orchards. - - So nice to meet you. - Nice to meet you too. - - For me? - Yes. - Perfect. Thank you. A little big. - Yeah. - That's okay. All right, ready? - - [Emmy] Do you grow lots of different kinds of peppers here? - - Why are there so many different kinds? - - Uh huh. Look at all of this, what are these? - - How long does it take to grow these? - - So then how do you harvest these? - - Do you do all this work by hand? The harvest work? - - Wow. That's a lot of work. So all of these peppers will be harvested at one time. How much does that make? Of the Shichimi? - - That sounds like a lot. - Yeah. - Very spicy. How spicy are these peppers? - - One tenth, okay, so not as hot. How 'bout to a jalapeno? - - Ah, okay, hotter than a jalapeno but not as hot as a habenaro. - Yeah. - Can I try one? - Yes. - I don't know if I'm gonna regret this. Ah, thanks. They taste really nice. It's actually a lot sweeter than I thought it would be. - - Yeah, at the end right there. Spicy. So when I think of Japanese food I don't think about peppers or spicy ingredients. So how do you think these spicy peppers came to Japan? - - [Emmy] Tell me more about where seven spices is used in what dishes. - - Ahhh, okay. - - [Emmy] Miso soup really? - - I'm surprised about the miso soup I've never heard that before. - - Pickles too? - Yes. - Everything. - So at the bases inTemple is, a little shop that sells a seven spice blend Shichimi. And the CEO Yakaotama is gonna show me how the seven spice blend is made. - So this whole shop is dedicated to seven spices? - - [Emmy] When was that? - - That's a long time. - Yeah. - And it's been in your family? - - [Emmy] That's wonderful. Nine generations in the same family. The same recipe? - - And what are the spices that are inside seven spices? - - Ahhh, okay. - Orange peel. Hemp seed. - Oh, really? - - Right. - or ginger. - - Ah. - - [Emmy] Okay. Okay. - - [Emmy] Okay, here we go. Woo, it's spicy. I can taste a little bit of bitterness. It's a little bit toasted. I can taste the sesame seeds. It has a little nuttiness in it. I can definitely feel the spice. It's hot. It's a really nice combination. And there's a little bit of, hmmm. Almost like a licorice quality to it. It's lovely. And there's a little bit of sweetness from the peppers too. - - Very strong. - - [Emmy] Look, it's a beautiful color. - - [Emmy] Just a tiny little bit. Mmmm. It's quite spicy, but it's nice. It's a really nice chili flavor. So this is the spice they use in the Kit Kat flavor? - - Beautiful place. Mmmm. These tins are so beautiful, I love them. - - Has it been always the same design? - - Ah, it's beautiful, I love it. Can you tell me a little bit about the temple here? - - So your great great great great great great great great grandfather started this at the temple? - Yes. - Ahhh, that's wonderful. And all of the ingredients in Shichimi come from this area? - - I see. Why do you think this spice blend is so popular? - - [Emmy] And has delicious flavor. - - Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. Temple was lovely. Whenever you visit a temple like that you really, I think, transported to another place. I mean literally the building itself is just so old and ancient and you're surrounded by people but there's something about a kind of holy place that makes you feel very much by yourself. It's just lovely, this temple, and there's all kinds of smells that are going around too. There's incense, and yeah it's a real experience. It feels very ancient and quiet. But I always love visiting temples it makes you feel kind of grounded afterwards. Maybe it has to do with that quietness.

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