Kyoto-born pickles grown in a windy valley
Traditionally produced in the Ohara district located in the northern part of Kyoto City, shibazuke is a lactic acid-fermented food made from the leaves of purple red shiso (Perilla Frutescens) and summer vegetables which are available in this area. It is not that salty and features a refined light taste. Its brilliant pink color extracted from the essence of the purple red shiso leaves is typical of pickles from Kyoto. Also noteworthy is its fresh, floral flavor derived also from the purple red shiso. The origin of shibazuke dates way back to nearly 800 years and has long been cherished as premium food by the descendants of the Heike (Taira family) and the imperial family. In the medieval period, it became available to the commoners when the food merchants brought them down from the mountains in Ohara and began selling them in the streets of Kyoto.
どう作って食べるか / HOW TO MAKE & EAT
❶Mix purple red shiso leaves (harvested in summer), chopped eggplant and salt, and pickle them in a barrel.
❷Put weight on the barrel and let it age for several months to one year.
★ The basic recipe requires only purple red shiso leaves, eggplants and salt. Nowadays, cucumbers and Japanese gingers are also pickled as shibazuke variants.
As a condiment for tea break
As the topping for ochazuke (rice with green tea)
▶食べられている地域 / Regions where it is eaten
Kyoto Prefecture (nationwide from 1990s onward)
▶微生物の種類 / Types of microorganisms
Lactic acid bacteria