Togarashi is the Japanese word for red chili peppers and a general name for a group of condiments that blend chili pepper with other ingredients. Shichimi-Togarashi: (schee-CHEE-mee) A peppery Japanese condiment. The exact spices used vary slightly by maker but usually include powdered/flaked red chili pepper, black pepper, sesame seeds, dried mandarin orange peel, green nori seaweed flakes, prickly ash pods, hemp seeds and poppy seeds. Shichimi-togarashi is available in hot, medium and mild strangths in most Asian markets, and is sprinkled over noodle and nabe(communal one-pot meals) dishes and yakitori. Nanami-Togarashi: Similar to shichimi-togarashi, but with a slightly different blend featuring citrus peel.
Season: available year-round
How to select: Available in well stocked local grocery stores, Asian supermarkets.