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Red flesh fish

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Lean meat of tuna (Akami)

Lean meat of tuna (Akami)

【Nigiri sushi: Akami】
What is Akami?
The lean meat of tuna has less fat so it is the part that easily demonstrates the quality in its taste. Top-quality lean meat has a smooth texture, an elegant acidity, and there are a subtle sweetness and rich aroma in the fat. Whether it is raw and unaltered or soaked in soy sauce, you will get a sense of the chef’s artistry.

Around 1840, a place called Ebisu-zushi in Edo / Bakurocho area sold nigiri "Zuke" which is red meat having been put in soy sauce. This became popular and spread quickly throughout Edo city.

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List of Red flesh fish (Akami)

Main production area

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Famous production area

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