Glossary - Seasonings

Rice vinegar


A vinegar made from rice with a mild sharpness


Vinegar made from rice and full of the sweetness and deliciousness that comes from rice, making it slightly milder than fruit or wine vinegars. Like other vinegars, it can help to preserve foods for longer. Rice vinegar is used in sushi rice, dressings, and for Japanese pickles.


Rice vinegar contains a lot of citric acid. Citric acid promotes the absorption of potassium, which can aid in alleviating fatigue and preventing osteoporosis.


Store in a cool, dark place, or in the refrigerator. Rice vinegar keeps longer when stored in the refrigerator.


Rice vinegar was widely used during the Edo period (1603-1868) as a seasoning. Sushi also appeared during the same period, and is known to use vinegar in its preparation.

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