Koji is the term for a grain or bean that has been inoculated with Aspergillus Oryzae, a special fungus that has been domesticated for about 9000 years.
White Rice Koji is made by steaming white rice and then allowing spores of Aspergillus Oryzae to germinate and multiply on it.
This process is carefully controlled to ensure conditions are perfect for koji growth, with both temperature and humidity monitored continually. The fungus produces enzymes that convert protein and carbohydrates in the rice into a range of amino acids and sugars. These create the delicious range of savoury/umami flavours within foods like miso and soy sauce.
Before being packaged, the koji is gently dried to preserve it, and it is then delivered to fermented food enthusiasts around the world!
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