Wasabi stems marinated in oil awarded top local specialty prize by The Japan Agricultural News

TOKYO, March 26 — The Japan Agricultural News held an annual contest for local specialties on March 25 and the grand prize was awarded to Hatawasabeze, wasabi stems marinated in sunflower oil marketed by Iwaizumi Holdings based in the town of Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture. The product is made using hatawasabi — wasabi grown in fields — in which the town cultivates the largest amount in the country. It was highly evaluated for its unique tingling flavor that goes well with both Japanese and Western foods and the local efforts to promote the area using its specialty. Manga artist Mitsuru Yaku, head of the judging panel, said, “I was certainly impressed … Continue reading

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Black King Gummy wins crown in All-Japan Nippon-Yell Gummy Election

TOKYO, Mar. 30 – On March 29, the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH) announced the winners of the nationwide poll to choose the country’s most popular Nippon Yell brand gummy candies made of local fruits. The crown winner of the first-ever gummy contest was “Black King Gummy from Yamanashi Prefecture.” In addition to standard people’s favorites such as Shine Muscat and Beni Madonna citrus, some fruits that are rarely available fresh in the market also ranked high in the list of the most popular local fruit gummy products. ZEN-NOH set up a special site to introduce 47 candidates made of signature fruits from all 47 prefectures of Japan. … Continue reading

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Red and white Japanese apricot blossoms in full bloom

GUNMA, March 22 — Ume Japanese apricot blossoms are in full bloom at Misato Ume Groves in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, a major ume growing region, attracting visitors. Roughly 100,000 ume trees are cultivated on a 300-hectare land by some 200 farming households that belong to the ume group of JA Hagukumi Misato, a local agricultural cooperative. Visitors can enjoy the landscape of ume trees spreading their branches with the Kanto plain in the background. Sixty percent of the trees are the Shirokaga variety, used to produce ume liquor and pickles. Several other small-size ume varieties are planted, including Orihime and Koshu, as the trees require cross-pollination to bear fruit. The … Continue reading

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Yogurt-dedicated store opens at Haneda Airport

TOKYO, Mar. 25 – A store dedicated to the sale of local yogurts has opened at the Haneda Airport in Ota Ward, Tokyo, and is gathering attention. It sells around 20 kinds of hard-to-find-at-supermarkets yogurt, and consumers can enjoy different products made from different raw milk in different packages. By introducing yogurt unique to each region, the store can highlight the value of dairy farming, which has a root in each region, and the attraction of milk itself. Yognet, an association of small-to-mid-sized dairy product and yogurt manufacturers, sells the products wholesale to the store that opened in December last year in the area called Haneda Sanchoku-Kan (meaning a shop … Continue reading

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18 Nippon-Yell food products featuring 6 ingredients from Japan’s Tohoku northeastern region roll out on March 18

TOKYO, Mar. 14 – The Nippon Yell Project Association of the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH) and leading food and beverage makers has announced that it will simultaneously roll out the third set of Nippon Yell-brand products, this time featuring ingredients from six prefectures in the Tohoku region of Japan. Twelve manufacturers have developed 18 products, from beverages to confectioneries and bread, and will roll out the products on March 18 to support agricultural producers in the northeastern region of Japan.The association was established in 2023. It chooses specific agricultural products or regions and invites manufacturers in different categories to develop unique products simultaneously. It chose “hyuganatsu” citrus … Continue reading

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