Ingredients

Aomori Strawberries

Jan 24, 2023 [ingredients]

Aomori Strawberries

The two major types of strawberries are winter/spring strawberries, harvested from November to May, and summer/autumn strawberries, harvested from June to November. Strawberries grown in Aomori are generally winter/spring strawberries. The major producing areas in the prefecture are in Hachinohe, Oirase, and Inakadate. Featured in this article are the strawberries... read more

The King of Winter “Hokki-gai”

Dec 26, 2022 [ingredients]

The King of Winter “Hokki-gai”

The Kitahama area (off the coast of Misawa and Hachinohe) is the main producing area of Hokki-gai, or surf clam, in Aomori. During the fishing season from December 1 to March 31, approximately 268 tons of Hokki-gai land at Misawa Fishing Port, making it one of the largest producers in... read more

Aomori Tuna

Nov 25, 2022 [ingredients]

Aomori Tuna

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency's report "International Situation Concerning Bonito and Tuna Species," the total global catch of tuna in 2019 was 2.28 million tons. Tuna, an essential part of Japanese cuisine as used for sushi and sashimi, is becoming increasingly popular around the world. In Japan, Aomori Prefecture... read more

The Season is Here! “Aomori Apples”

Oct 21, 2022 [ingredients]

The Season is Here! “Aomori Apples”

Apples are the harvest of autumn in Aomori. Some varieties become available from August as improvements have been made. In October, when the mornings and evenings start to cool down, the harvest of mid-season apples begins. The world-favorite Fuji variety becomes ready for harvest around November. History of Apple Cultivation... read more

Tsugaru Peach

Sep 22, 2022 [ingredients]

Tsugaru Peach

About “Tsugaru Peach” Aomori prefecture’s “Tsugaru Peach” is a brand of peach that is cultivated using apple farming techniques. Though Yamanashi and Fukushima prefectures are better known producers when it comes to peaches in Japan, Aomori prefecture is establishing “Tsugaru Peach” as a new brand in the domestic market. Peach... read more

Aomori Kikurage

Aug 31, 2022 [ingredients]

Aomori Kikurage

Kikurage, or wood ear mushroom, is rich in vitamin D and fiber but low in calories. It has gained attention as an excellent ingredient with great benefits to incorporate into the modern diet. The wood ear mushroom found in the Japanese market is mostly imported from abroad. However, domestic production... read more

Aomori Garlic, the Best in Japan

Jul 26, 2022 [ingredients]

Aomori Garlic, the Best in Japan

Summer has arrived and with it comes summer fatigue, the sluggish lethargy with loss of appetite or low energy due to the unrelenting heat. Allicin contained in garlic is said to be effective in relieving such fatigue when combined with vitamin B1 in garlic. In this issue, we will introduce... read more

Japan’s Number One “the Goldeye Rockfish of Aomori”

Jun 15, 2022 [ingredients]

Japan’s Number One “the Goldeye Rockfish of Aomori”

Featured in this article is the goldeye rockfish, or “usu-mebaru,” caught in the Sea of Japan of Aomori prefecture. Aomori boasts the number one catch in the nation. About Usu-mebaru “Usu-mebaru” is in the family scorpaenidae, genus sebastidae. With a crimson body and irregular grey colored patterns, its beautiful appearance... read more

“Spring Sansai” Aomori Mountain Vegetables

May 27, 2022 [ingredients]

“Spring Sansai” Aomori Mountain Vegetables

With the arrival of spring, sansai, or mountain vegetables, come into season in the mountains of Aomori prefecture. These vegetables can be found at any regular grocery store as well as local markets. Many restaurants feature special menus using “spring ingredients” including mountain vegetables. Wild mountain vegetables are not widely... read more

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