ORGANIC MISO, Chickpea (soy free)
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Ingredients: chickpeas, rice koji, sun-dried sea salt, mountain well water, koji spores. See nutrition facts below (disregard number of servings per container)
Production: This short-term aged, soy-free miso uses garbanzo beans (chickpeas) instead of soybeans as its base. It has less salt and more rice koji (rice inoculated with Aspergillus spores) than traditional misos. Reducing the salt speeds up fermentation, while increasing the grain content makes more starch available to turn to sugar, producing a milder miso.
Qualities: This miso is soy-free so that the benefits of eating miso can be enjoyed by anyone, even those with soy allergies. Miso has been a staple ingredient in the Japanese diet for thousands of years and is a healthy, fermented food that provides a large set of available nutrients. Due to the fermentation, it is filled with beneficial, live probiotic cultures that support and balance gut bacteria.
Short-term aged misos also have their own distinctive health benefits. Perhaps because the aging time of chickpea miso is so short, typically 30-60 days, the abundant food supply of starches is not exhausted by the time the miso is packed and refrigerated.
Common Use: This chickpea miso delivers a unique flavor profile that enhances not just Japanese dishes, but many other cuisines as well. This mild salty-sweet taste is perfect for dips, spreads, salad dressings, sauces, and summer soups. Avoid boiling of miso in order to preserve the probiotic cultures.
Storage: This product is unpasteurized and should be refrigerated. Refrigerated shelf life is up to 18 months.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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This miso resembles Japanese shio-miso (white miso) which is my favourite kind. It has its own distinctive flavour, complex but mild, and makes wonderful miso soup. After using up a small jar and finding myself having to wait all summer to re-order, I chose the 8+ lb bucket and am miso-secure for awhile. My daughter always says miso soup made with this settles her stomach. I like the probiotics. If you like miso without the bitter edge, you will love this.