🍙 Onigiri (お に ぎ り) is a ball of rice wrapped in seaweed. The Japanese eat it for breakfast or as a snack. Onigiri can be filled with lots of ingredients, from salmon to umeboshi (pickled plums). Sold for about 100-150 yen, these delicious rice balls can be found in any supermarket.
✨ Before we try one, let's take a closer look at their history.
During Heian period (794-1192), boiled rice began to be used to make cylindrical rice balls, called "tonjiki". The use of seaweed (algae) started later in the Edo period (1603-1868), when people decided to wrap rice in seaweed, to avoid having sticky hands when eating it. Being tasty, healthy and easy to transport, onigiri had great success over time. 🌅