Shichimi is a Japanese spice blend made up of seven ingredients. Every shichimi is a little different but the you can generally expect punchy heat, a floral citrus flavor, and an herbal, savory crunch. This blend goes heavy on the yuzu zest for brighter fragrance and a cushion for the spiciness.
about the producer
Yamatsu Tsujita is a spice company based just outside of Osaka that is famous for their shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice mix) and stone-ground sansho pepper. The company is helmed by 4th generation owner Hiroyuki Tsujita, a man passionate about his craft. Tsujita-san knows each supplier personally and even helps them during harvest time. As a master blender, he knows that each ingredient has its own best season.
Tsujita-san's dedication led him to the Takanotsume (Hawk’s Claw) chili pepper, a native of Japan that had been almost completely forgotten. Tsujita-san is now the only one who grows this pepper. He prizes it for its aroma and heat. As the main component of shichimi togarashi, Tsujita-san’s use of this chili really sets his product apart from the rest.