Hatsuga genmai is unpolished brown Japonica rice that has been allowed to germinate. This makes it more palatable that ungerminated genmai, as well as increasing the levels of nutrients it contains. Hatusga genmai is rich in vitamins and minerals and includes gamma-aminobutyric acid which functions to reduce blood pressure. With all the health-giving benefits of brown rice, germinated brown rice has a softer texture and a pleasing aroma. It can be used as a base to make delicious zosui rice porridge.