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Miso, what is it

Miso, what is it

Miso,what is that and where to buy it. How the popular miso soup is prepared and what are the properties of this food.

Miso, what is it

Themisoit is a condiment with a creamy consistency, typical of Japanese cuisine. Miso is the basic ingredient of the famous Japanese miso soup.

Themisoit is traditionally produced by the fermentation of yellow soybeans, operated by the Koji (fungus of the Aspergillus oryzae species). Despite themisotraditional is prepared from soy, it is possible to obtain themisofrom the fermentation of rice, barley, rye or other cereals.

What are the ingredients used in the preparation of miso?
Soy (or rice or barley), salt and Koji mushroom.

Miso, nutritional properties

Let's start fromcalories: every 100 grams of soy miso provides 199 kcal. Here are thenutritional propertiesreferred to 100 grams ofJapanese miso(soy).

  • Carbohydrates: 26.47 g
  • Fat: 6.01 g
  • Protein: 11.69 g
    proteins have an amino acid composition that sees the contribution of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, tyrosine, arginine, aspartic acid, proline ...
  • Vitamins
    - Vitamin A 4 mcg
    - Beta carotene 52 mcg
    - Vitamin B2 0.233 mg
    - Vitamin B3 0.906 mg
    - Vitamin B5 0.337 mg
    - Vitamin B12 0.08 mg
    - Vitamin K 29.3 mcg
    - Choline 72.2 mg
  • Mineral salts
    - Calcium 57 mg
    - Iron 2.49 mg
    - Magnesium 48 mg
    - Manganese 0,850 mg
    - Phosphorus 159 mg
    - Potassium 210 mg
    - Sodium 3728 mg
    Zinc 2.59 mg

As is clear, themisoit is rich in sodium so if you are looking for contraindications, know that it cannot be consumed with a light heart by those who follow a low-sodium diet or have problems with high blood pressure. Thenutritional propertiesreported were provided by the USDA Nutrient Database.

Miso, flavor and types of miso

It is difficult to describe a taste and yet, in this paragraph, we will try to do it. What does miso taste like?

The taste, the aroma, texture and appearance of the miso may vary according to the region of origin and the production season. Other important variables that affect the flavor of miso are the duration of fermentation and fermentation temperature, the salt content, the variety of koji and the vessel used for fermentation. To simplify everything, we tell you that the flavor of miso changes according to the type of miso. The most common categories are:

  • white miso, Shiromiso
  • red miso, Akamiso
  • mixed miso, Awasemiso

The most common types of miso are white and red (shiromiso and akamiso) however, in the eastern part of the Kato region (including Tokyo), the miso more common is the dark / red one (akamiso) while in the western area of ​​the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe) the white miso, shiromiso.

Themisoit can be prepared starting from the fermentation of many ingredients, to name a few:

  • soy
  • barley
  • rice
  • buckwheat
  • mile
  • rye
  • wheat
  • hemp seeds

Lately, producers from other countries (not Japan) are preparingmisowith ingredientsatypicalsuch as chickpeas, corn, azuki beans, amaranth and quinoa.

Fermentation times, depending on the type of miso, can range from five days up to several years. The wide variety of Japanese miso is difficult to classify but is generally classified according to the starting ingredients. To make things more complex, miso is sometimes made with multiple starting ingredients. Gokoku miso, for example, is made from millet, rice, soy, wheat and foxtail (Setaria italica, also known as Italian millet).

Miso, where to buy it

Themisoit is easily found in shops specializing in the sale of oriental or foreign foodstuffs. Those who prefer online shopping, the miso offer is large and varied, especially on Amazon where there is no shortage of many varieties of miso also derived from organic farming and produced using the traditional method. Among the various products on sale on the web, we point out:

  • Soya miso, 300 grams
    The traditional yellow soy miso proposed for 4.77 euros on Amazon. Free shipping.
  • Rice miso, 390 grams
    Rice miso is produced organically and offered at a price of 7.75 euros, always free shipping.

Those who don't want to extricate themselves from oriental recipes and preparations can buy instant miso soup. Instant miso soups are made with miso and other dehydrated ingredients. To serve the instant miso soup all you have to do is boil a cup of water and add it to a pre-packaged single portion.

Also in this case we recommend a good product: Miso Soup on Amazon. The package contains 4 servings of instant miso soup and is offered at a price of 5.24 euros, with free shipping. This is the classic miso soup with wakame seaweed, rich in probiotic ingredients; miso is a fermented food and therefore a probiotic.

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