◆The History of Edible Eels◆
Eels have a very long history of being used as food, and examples of eels being excavated from archaeological sites in the Jomon period have been reported.
What is Doyo? Most people think of the Ox of Doyo as a day to eat eels, and that it is only in the summer. However, essentially, there are Doyo in every season.
|Then, "earth" is left over.
So, people decided to use one-fifth of the end of each of the 90days in the four seasons as soil (Doyo).
So there are actually four Doyo periods in a year.
What is the day of the Ox?
The name of the day is "Ox" in the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac.
The day is called "Doyo-no-Ushi Day" and it is the last day of the summer Doyo to eat Unagi (eel) at the festival of Sushi restaurants.
Eel on the last Ox Day
The Doyo of the summer is a time when the heat is severe and people tend to suffer from summer fatigue, so there has been a custom of eating "nutritive food" since ancient times, and words such as Doyo Mochi (rice cake) and Doyo Eggs are still used today. Eels were also famous as nutritive food since the Nara period, and it is likely that eels were associated with summer food.
The custom of eating eels at the last Ox Day of Doyo became popularized by Hiraga Gennai, who was famous as a versatile scholar at the end of the Edo period. The idea came to him when a neighboring eel shop asked him for advice on how to deal with the lack of sales of eels in the summer. He posted a signboard saying "Today is the day of the Ox," and it was a great success. This is said to be the reason why people began to eat eels on the day of the Ox.
Herbs are becoming more and more popular today. Sansho is a Japanese herb.
Yakumi (spice) plays an important role in enhancing a dish.
The combination of the aroma of kabayaki sauce and the refreshing aroma of powdered sansho is indispensable to enhance the flavors of the dish.
This sansho has already been used since the Edo period.
In addition to its taste, sansho is said to detoxify the body and aid in digestion.
◆Nutrients in Eel◆
For many people, it might be Surprising?! Eel is a vitamin-rich and truly nutrient-dense food.