Rice vinegar (komezu)

 

This vinegar is milder and has a gentler flavor than fruit and wine vinegars. Traditionally-brewed rice vinegars, which are fermented for several months, are superior to those that are synthetically produced. Rice vinegar, like other vinegar, helps food keep longer, prevents vegetables from discoloring and removes bitterness. Rice vinegar is used in dressings, sushi rice and pickles.