The Ancient Japanese Superdrink
Aspergillus Oryzae, also known as Koji culture, has been used in traditional Japanese fermented foods for over a thousand years.
Amazake is a very popular Koji fermented rice drink in Japan that is appreciated for supporting health benefits. Please enjoy the sweetness and aroma of Oryzae Amazake handcrafted fresh in Nelson, New Zealand.
What is Amazake?
Amazake is pronounced AH-MAH-ZAH-KEH. Amazake is a traditional non- alcoholic Japanese sweet drink made with fermented rice.
Amazake is made with fermented rice by using Aspergillus Oryzae, also known as Koji culture. Amazake tastes sweet and very aromatic without using any sugar or sweetener. According to various studies, Koji amazake contains vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, biotin, folic acid, dietary fibre, oligosaccharide, cysteine, arginine and glutamine(1)(2). There are several potential benefits you can get from drinking amazake: promotes healthy skin and hair(3), relieves constipation, relieves fatigue, and other effects on human health(1).
Taste of Amazake
Amazake is sweet and has a slight aromatic flavour. It has a natural sweetness from rice with no added sugar. The sweetness of amazake is from glucose, derived from starch broken down by A. Oryzae amylase. It is a unique beverage for which the main component is glucose, compared to other sweet drinks such as fruit juice, for which the main sugars are sucrose and fructose.Amazake is made with rice Koji, so it’s entirely natural for the drink to have rice grains in them. This thick, porridge-like consistency is one of the main characters of amazake texture.
Our Oryzae Amazake is a reinvented take on this traditional drink, modernised into different, unique flavours!