Origins of Sushi


You walk into a store and see a combination of seaweed, rice, and fish. You’ve never seen any food like this before, you wonder what it could taste like. Then You purchase a case of sushi, take it home, and eat one. Your not sure where this strange food comes from, but you’re eager to have more. Sushi is a delicious Japanese cuisine, which is beloved by Image result for ancient sushimany all over the world. Sushi was originally made in Southeast Asia and spread to South China before being introduced to Japan somewhere around the 8th century. The first types of sushi were nothing like what they are today. Sushi used to be fish that was salted and wrapped in rice made to preserve the fish. The people didn’t eat the rice, it was only there to preserve the fish. Most Japanese enjoyed namanare or namanari, this type of sushi is similar to the first type of sushi just fish wrapped in rice, however the people used rice to eat, not to preserve the fish. Rice was now mixed with vinegar, fish, vegetables, and dried food. Each region utilizes local flavors to produce a variety of sushi that has been passed down for many generations. This type of sushi is still very popular today.

Sushi in Japan

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Many people believe sushi originated in Japan. The first time sushi appeared in Japan was around the 8th century and it was an example of tax paid by actual items. During the 19th century, sushi slowly started to changed and the Japanese cuisine changed as well. The Japanese started eating three meals a day, rice was boiled instead of steamed, and rice vinegar was created to enhance the flavors of sushi. While sushi continued to be produced by fermentation of fish with rice, an addition of rice vinegar  allowed people to eat the rice along with the fish.

Sushi in the United States

Sushi was first served in the United States in the early 1900s when a wave of Japanophilia in the American society resulted in the serving of sushi at social functions. The earliest published mention of sushi eaten by non-Japanese Americans was a August 18, 1904 article about a lunch served in Santa Monica. The popularity of the dish was at a peak in 1905 when it was served at Japanese-themed social gatherings across the United States, including in mid-western cities such as Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Louis, Missouri and Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Popular Sushi Rolls

With so many choices your probably wondering what are the different types of sushi. The dragon roll is generally a combination of  cucumber, eel, eel sauce, and avocado. Many people like the dragon roll because of its flavors. The Surf and Turf roll is another favorite. It mixes Cucumber, fish cake/imitation crab, beef, carrot, tuna, salmon, and avocado. Like the dragon roll people like it for its flavor. There are many different types of sushi that come in all shapes and prices. Sushi is usually more expensive, but it depends on where your getting it from and whats inside the roll.

Sushi, the artful dining experience that has now evolved to another level beyond its traditional methods. It is not very often that something so cultural can not only take the world by storm, but also influence the direction of other foods in different cultures. Demand for sushi is only increasing and seems to be evolving.

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