Tsushima No Moshio

Tsushima No Moshio

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Moshio is the earliest known sea salt produced by the Japanese, dating back to nearly 2,500 years ago. Although Japan is surrounded by sea water, the country's humid, rainy climate has never been well suited for large-scale production of dry salt. It takes 10 tons of seaweed-infused water to make just 200kg of this ancient sea salt.

Shoji Koyachi founded the Suzutennen Shio salt company in 1998 after years of intense research. Before 1997, salt producers in Japan weren't allowed to produce pure sea salt because of a post war measurement which restricted the production to only industrialized chemical techniques. After the law was abolished, Suzutennen was among the first companies to reintroduce the fully traditional methods of salt harvesting.

The round, rich flavors of Tsushima No Moshio are due to the presence of ample trace minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, etc.) But most striking by far is the extraordinary quality of umami, that comes from the unique techniques used in its production. (Umami is one of the five basic tastes increasingly recognized by American foodies. Umami means "savory" or "meaty," and results from glutamates especially common in protein-rich foods such as meats and cheeses.)

It’s easy to imagine making Tsushima No Moshio your default salt for all savory dishes. Trout, pike, carp, pork, rice, pasta, potatoes, sunchoke, broccoli rabe, cheeses, yogurt—finding foods that would benefit from its umami minerality basically involves drawing up a shopping list. Sweets benefit from moshio as well— try it on 70 percent dark chocolate, or dusted on a chocolate soufflé.

All of the salt is made by three women only: Ms. Junko Tsunetoshi, Ms. Tadako Shimo and Ms. Eiko Miyashita. 

    Ingredients: Sea salt, Sargassum seaweed

    From Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, Japan!

    We pick, pack and ship orders around the clock. Most orders will be processed within 1-2 business days of receipt. Many orders are shipping sooner than that! Please note orders are not processed or shipped on weekends or holidays.

    We are happy to ship every package with recyclable or compostable materials. We also include a complimentary sweet bite in each order :-)

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews
    Marni Tilrico

    Tsushima No Moshio

    Liying Angela Zheng

    Love this salt. Wonderful on steamed vegetables. Adds so much Unami.

    Denise Welch
    Japanese salt

    This finishing salt is so delicious. I love it on everything. Yumm

    Clean, Pure Taste

    We have been wanting to try seaweed salt for a while, and the taste is great. You can definitely tell a difference between this and kosher salt. It tastes purer and more natural.

    Herbert Gercke

    Tsushima No Moshio