The strong wind and snow that blows from the Sea of Japan and the clean spring water that flows from the World Natural Heritage "Shirakami Sanchi" produce sweet and nutritious carrots that are grown under exceptional care. We proudly present "Fukaura Snow Carrots."
Super Aged Carrots
Tsugaru in the winter seems completely snowbound. Even so, the crops grown in the region maximize their vitality, relying on the nutrients stored from the abundant summer and fall sun, and bring us a magnificent harvest.
In the vast land overlooking the World Natural Heritage Site "Shirakami Sanchi," super-aged carrots are harvested from the snow. "Fukaura Snow Carrots" were originally harvested in fall, but now it is one of the main winter vegetables in Tsugaru. Matured in the ground through the winter, it grows in the low temperature and low moisture of the snow-covered earth.
Carrots are usually harvested about 100 days after sowing. However, "Fukaura Snow Carrots" are allowed to mature in the ground for more than two months and they turn a deep orange color all the way to the core.
Fruit-like Sugar Content and Hands-on Harvest
When the snow falls and the weather turns cold, the carrots store sugar to prevent freezing, which increases their sugar content, resulting in a sweetness that is as strong as that of fruit.
In addition to its matured sweetness, it has very little smell that is typical of carrots. It is perfect not only for cooking but also for eating raw, and can also be enjoyed as fresh-squeezed juice.
Fukaura Snow Carrots are harvested from December to March. These are the coldest months of the year in the snow country Aomori. Local farmers carefully harvest the carrots by hand, one by one, in the harsh sub-zero environment at their farm overlooking the Sea of Japan. The harvested carrots are washed, sorted, and shipped all on the same day.