Video: "Food Crafters" on the Cooking Channel visits South River Miso, September, 2010.
Miso (pronounced mee-so) is a delicious all purpose, high-protein seasoning which has played a major role in
Japanese culture and cuisine for centuries. It is most often made from a combination of soybeans, cultured
grain, and sea salt by a unique, double fermentation process, which was elevated to a state of fine craftsmanship in traditional Japan.
Miso is best known as a seasoning for soup. It is used for flavoring a wide variety of other dishes as well (see recipes).
Miso offers a nutritious balance of natural carbohydrates, essential oils, minerals, vitamins, and protein of the highest quality,
containing all of the essential amino acids.
In traditional Japan, miso gained a special place in the minds and hearts of generations who came to rely on miso soup as an essential part of
their daily life. In Physical Constitution and Food, Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, director of St. Francis Hospital, Nagasaki, writes:
I have found that, with very few exceptions, families, which make a practice of serving miso soup daily, are almost never sick....
I believe that miso belongs to the highest class of medicines, those which help prevent disease and strengthen the body through continued
usage...Some people speak of miso as a condiment, but miso brings out the flavor and nutritional value in all foods and helps the body to digest and
assimilate whatever we eat....
The Book of Miso, page 125.
Read more: What is Miso?
An informative site hosted by the Miso Promotion Board of Japan.