Salty, sweet, earthy, fruity, nutty and buttery...
all words commonly used to describe miso, the intriguing ingredient so central to traditional Japanese cuisine.

The pleasing taste and texture of miso has also made it increasingly popular around the world. Once only found in specialty stores, miso can now be found year round in many local supermarkets.

Produced by fermenting soybeans (and occasionally other grains like rice or barley), with salt with a special starter culture called kojikin, the resulting thick paste is used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with soup stock. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso has played an important nutritional role in Japan for centuries.

Today, miso is still very widely used in Japan, both in traditional and modern cooking, and in fact, different types of miso are prepared and evaluated in much the same way that Westerners judge fine wines and cheeses. The two most common varieties of miso, white miso,Shiromiso, and red miso, Akamiso, are not only the most widely used in Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

This simple, yet richly flavored condiment characterizes the essence of Japanese cooking. It most commonly appears as the main ingredient of miso soup, which is eaten daily by much of the Japanese population. In fact, the pairing of plain rice and miso soup is considered a fundamental unit of Japanese cuisine and is the basis of a traditional Japanese breakfast.

But miso lends itself well to many preparations. Magnificent when used in soups and dressings, in sauces and glazes and when paired with seafood, mushrooms, eggplant and asparagus, imaginative cooks are continually finding new ways to use this humble substance.

Miso typically comes as a paste in a sealed container, and should be refrigerated after opening. It can be eaten raw, and cooking changes its flavor and nutritional value; when used in miso soup, most cooks do not allow the miso to come to a full boil to preserve its full healthful biological components.

We've included a few of the best Miso recipes we could find in our Recipes section. Enjoy!

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