Glossary - Ingredients

Kinome/Japanese pepper tree bud


A Japanese herb that adds a fresh, spicy aroma to dishes


”Kinome” are the buds of a Japanese pepper tree, which add the fresh taste of spring with a slight bit of spiciness to clear broth soups, grilled foods, or stews and “aemono” (dressed dishes often made with fresh seasonal vegetables).


The spiciness of the Japanese pepper tree bud is from an ingredient called "sanshool", which has the effect of increasing appetite and stimulating digestion.


Sandwich buds in a moist paper towel then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as soon as possible as it spoils quickly.


Hold kinome buds between the palms of your hands and clap before adding to dishes for a stronger aroma.

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