International Sushi Day is celebrated every year on June 18. This day is dedicated to honouring the art of sushi-making and the delightful experience of indulging in this iconic Japanese cuisine. Sushi, with its perfect balance of flavours and textures, has transcended its humble origins to become a global culinary phenomenon. Whether you prefer the simplicity of nigiri, the complexity of rolls, or the elegance of sashimi, there's a type of sushi to suit every palate. On International Sushi Day 2024, we bring you interesting things that every connoisseur should know about this staple rice Japanese dish.

Sushi is not just about the taste; it's about the tradition and culture it represents. From the careful selection of fresh fish to the meticulous preparation of rice, every step in sushi-making is steeped in history and craftsmanship. As you observe International Sushi Day 2024, we at LatestLY have compiled a collection of fascinating sushi facts you must know.

Ancient Origins: Sushi originally started as a method of preserving fish in fermented rice in Southeast Asia. This practice dates back over a thousand years, long before it evolved into the fresh, flavourful dish we enjoy today.

Sushi vs. Sashimi: Many people confuse sushi with sashimi. Sushi refers to the vinegared rice combined with various ingredients, while sashimi is simply slices of raw fish served without rice.

Edo Period Roots: The modern style of sushi, known as nigiri sushi, originated in Tokyo (formerly Edo) during the early 19th century. It was a form of fast food sold at street stalls for quick and convenient meals.

Health Benefits: Sushi can be a healthy meal option. It's typically low in fat and high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, especially when made with fresh fish and vegetables.

World's Most Expensive Sushi: The title of the world's most expensive sushi goes to Chef Angelito Araneta Jr., who created a special sushi roll adorned with edible gold leaf, diamonds, and pearls, costing a whopping $1,978 per piece!

Enjoy your sushi and celebrate the rich cultural heritage it brings to our tables. Wishing everyone a Happy International Sushi Day 2024!

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jun 18, 2024 09:20 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website