The history of the appearance of sushi and rolls

Let’s face it, today it is even difficult to imagine someone who has never tried sushi and rolls. Affordable price, huge selection and ease of preparation. Sushi and rolls are already more than a part of truly Japanese culture!

But before finding global popularity, this delicacy has come a long way and boasts a unique history. Yes, yes, sushi used to be absolutely not what we are used to now.⠀

There are many different versions about who invented sushi and where the rolls were made. How long ago did this happen? Who was the first to taste them? Where do sushi and rolls come from? And what was the name of this Japanese “snack”? ⠀

But we offer everything in order!

When was sushi invented?

The history of sushi dates back to the 2nd century AD. At that time, the Japanese caught fish in huge quantities and, as often happens, simply did not know where to put the product so that it did not spoil. Therefore, they sent it to Southeast Asia, and so that the fish would lose its taste during the long journey, it was covered with a huge amount of glutinous rice.

Thus, only caught sea fish arrived at the destination fresh and of good quality – only unnecessary rice was thrown away. And in vain!

Where did sushi first appear?

The homeland of sushi and rolls is, of course, Japan. There, after a considerable amount of time, even in the 17th century, a cook named Joha made a lump of rice, adding some marinated fish and wasabi to it. It turned out especially tasty and unusual.

The dish was called “naredzusi”, and even then it was popular among the local rich population. By the way, in some regions of Japan, authentic Naredzushi are still prepared today.

However, the method of preparation and the taste qualities of the ancient type of sushi were significantly different from modern ones. The appearance was also different from the one we are used to in restaurants and sushi bars.

The peculiarity of naredzushi was the specific smell that the fish acquired during the long fermentation process. However, by the end of the 18th century, a new technology called “namanare” appeared in the country. Thanks to her, sushi got a look and taste that remotely resemble modern!

The history of the popularization of sushi

Since those times, chefs need more than 3 years to master sushi preparation. Just imagine! It’s good that today we have the opportunity to master this art much faster.

Now you know the unique history of sushi and rolls, and thanks to Katan’s Lifehacks for cooking Asian dishes, you can surprise your family and friends with new, unusual interpretations.

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