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Try Them Before They Ripen: Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame
Japan’s Best – Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame
Tanba Sasayama black edamame are a specialty product of the Tanba Sasayama area. Typically picked when they have matured and turned black in December, these beans are harvested while still green in October instead. Unlike standard edamame, black edamame are larger and have a sweeter, richer taste. The Tanba Sasayama black edamame are the highest grade of edamame and boast the biggest and best tasting beans in all of Japan.
The harvesting period for these beans is the short period from early to late October. The beans when shipped at this time are called “”hon kuro”” (true black), and available on the market under the name “”Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame””. Many people come to Sasayama at this time to shop for these beans. The short three week harvest season and limited availability for shipping outside the area are two other reasons for their popularity.
A Yearly Custom! The Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame Kaikin Ceremony
In Sasayama, in order to announce the start of the Tanba Sasayama black edamame season, every year the Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame Kaikin Ceremony (sales ban lifting ceremony) is held. Immediately after the sales ban lifting ceremony, the black beans are a vibrant green color and have a truly refreshing flavor and texture. From mid-October to the end of the month the color will change, and they will have a greater sweetness and softer texture. Black edamame are known for their distinctive maroon spots or flecks, not to mention their depth of flavor which you can enjoy for a limited time only.
Tanba Sasayama black edamame are excellent when simply boiled in salted water, and are perfect in black edamame dumplings and for tempura too. Their beautiful green adds a vivid splash of color to any dish, and make a wonderful topping for chirashi sushi, salads, and even on rice crackers for snacks. Why not taste and enjoy for yourself the flavors of Tanba Sasayama black edamame?
The Tanba Sasayama Black Edamame Sales map (http://tourism.sasayama.jp/kuro-edamame/) (updated in early October), introduces shops and places where Tanba Sasayama black edamame can be purchased. In addition, direct sales of Tanba Sasayama black edamame may be available at JR Osaka Station, Kobe Sogo department store, and at other facilities.