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The History of Sushi

It might be a little shocking but sushi, Japan's most typical and in demand food, is native to China! With a history that dates back to the 4th century BC, sushi was used originally as a manner of preserving raw fish. Fish was flattened, salted, fermented with rice, and preserved for several months. When the fish was consumed, the rice was discarded. Only when the technique was later introduced in Japan did the rice get eaten along with the fish. Sushi gradually evolved, with the additions of vegetables and vinegar, as it become widely popular in Tokyo through mobile street vendors. However, in 1923, a large earthquake caused the majority of these street vendors to lose their jobs and head back to their home towns and sell sushi all over Japan. With Americans becoming more health conscious, sushi experienced a wide surge in popularity in the US in the 1980s.

Food Food 10 years
princess_abbey - where in cambs is that? how long has it been there? I don't remember there being one when I lived there and i'll be sad if i just didn't know!
laurafox laurafox 10 years
Very cool!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
This is so making me want sushi right now!
Evalla Evalla 10 years
A guy I used to work with wrote a great book about sushi. Check out Sasha Issenberg's 'The Sushi Economy.' Very interesting stuff about a very delicious food.
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
Thanks for the info!
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Very cool!
Abbey_jp Abbey_jp 10 years
i love sushi, its my fav. the best restaurant is Teri-Aki by the river Cam in Cambridge.... a must go :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I had no idea. It's always cool to find out how things came to be.
jmmst49 jmmst49 10 years
That is really cool about how at first the rice was thrown away after it fermented the fish. anyways, thank goodness they invented sushi. Its my greatest obsession
beamer1 beamer1 10 years
I didn't know there was such a deep history concerning my fave food!
millarci millarci 10 years
Wow that's really interesting information, partysugar! I love learning little random facts! :)
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