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Manganji chile peppers have an appearance similar to hatch peppers. They are almost always harvested in their green state; however, Manganji chile peppers will turn an orange-red when fully mature. The shiny, thick-skinned peppers are roughly 15 centimeters long and 4 centimeters wide at the shoulders, tapering to a point. The shape is slightly bunched at the stem end and may be stick straight or curve slightly. The walls are soft and tender with thin, pale ribs and only a few seeds within. Manganji chile peppers have a complex, sweet flavor with a savory finish. They are highly aromatic when roasted or baked.
Manganji chile peppers are available in the summer and fall months.
Manganji chile peppers, known as Manganji togarashi in Japan, are a variety of sweet Capsicum annuum. They are a cross between a spicy Japanese pepper and an American bell pepper. The long, green peppers are a regional specialty of Kyoto, Japan and have a uniquely sweet, earthy flavor. Manganji chile peppers are given a curious treatment by a local chef who uses them as an ingredient in chocolates featuring iconic flavors and ingredients of Kyoto.
Manganji chile peppers contain vitamins A, B6, B9 and twice the amount of vitamin C found in citrus. The peppers have a high fiber content and contain phytochemicals with antioxidant properties.
Manganji chile peppers have a variety of raw, cooked and even juiced applications. In Kyoto, they are often roasted or sautéed and served topped with bonito flakes or a combination of fish sauce and soy sauce. Manganji chile peppers are battered with tempura and fried whole, they are also skewered for traditional Japanese yakitori (chicken skewers) and grilled. Pair with grilled chicken, pork or beef. Manganji chile peppers can be pickled in a salty brine to preserve its pure flavor. A Kyoto chef pickles Manganji chile peppers in soy sauce and salt and then freeze dries them. The peppers are then mixed with almond praline and added to 55% cacao chocolate, creating a balance of both bitter and tart tastes. Another chef in the small central Japan prefecture boils chopped Manganji chile peppers to extract the juice and makes candies from it. Store Manganji chile peppers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Manganji chile peppers are recognized as a prized cultural vegetable in the Kyoto prefecture of Japan. It is called the “King of Japanese Chile Peppers” despite the lack of spice. Traditional, Kyoto-grown vegetables are called kyo yasai. There is a total of 41 different vegetables designated as kyo yasai, including mizuna (a mustard plant), kamo eggplant, and a long, green onion called kujo negi. The kyo yasai peppers were named for the Manganji Temple, in Maisuru City in northern Kyoto, near where the sweet peppers were originally developed. The ancient temple is part of the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism and was first established in the late 8th century during the Heian period.
Manganji chile peppers are native to the Kyoto region of Japan, and were created in the 1920s by Japanese growers. A spicy Capsicum variety native to the region called a Fushimi togarashi was crossed with California’s “wonder” bell pepper variety. Peppers were originally introduced to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. The Portuguese are responsible for the introduction of many different varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs to different cultures around the world. Manganji chile peppers are not well known or widely available outside of Kyoto or metropolitan Tokyo.
Someone spotted Manganji Peppers using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
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Near Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
About 332 days ago, 6/22/17
Spotter's comments : Manganji Peppers spotted at Takashimaya store. Fresh seasonal Manganji peppers avsilable in Toyko