Sushi expert Trevor Corson reminds us that despite the name, the California roll was not originally created for American tastes. In the early 1970’s, early sushi bars in Los Angeles catered mostly to traveling Japanese businessmen. When the fatty belly of blueﬁn tuna, toro, became scarce, one chef combined crab and avocado to create the feel of tuna belly on the tongue. The name California roll was given to honor the plentiful, local Californian ingredient—the avocado.
Preparation Time1 hr 40 min
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