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SEASONAL DELIGHTS (Spring 2019)

Indigo Blue Tea from Japan
Indigo Blue Tea
藍のお茶
(AIAKANE)

Known for its distinct blue color, indigo has come to be called "Japanese blue". Although most commonly recognized as a fabric dye, indigo has many uses and can be enjoyed as a tea or edible powder. The ancient Japanese even used it as an immune booster and an antibacterial cure.

Enjoy the floral and unique taste of this indigo blue tea with these convenient to use tea bags made in Unzen city, Nagasaki. The tea is harvest every morning and dried in sunlight. It includes indigo stalks and leaves raised by the Agia cane factory without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Depending on the time of harvest, indigo roots, seeds and flowers may also be included. 

You'll be amazed by the gorgeous and vibrant blue color that comes from the added butterfly pea.

Suggested use: Add hot water and enjoy!
Ingredients: Indigo leaf, butterfly pea
Nutritional information: N/A

Chirashizushi: traditional rice bowl enjoyed on Hinamatsuri/Dolls Day/Girls Day in Japan)
Chirashizushi
国産野菜の五目ちらし寿司
(SOKENSHA)

Celebrate Hinamatsuri (雛祭り)! Also known as Dolls Day or Girls Day, this holiday is celebrated on March 3rd in Japan (the third day of the third month). Families pray for the health and happiness of their girls by displaying ornamental dolls known as hina-ningyō (雛人形 ), as well as by eating special, traditional foods. One of which is chirashizushi (ちらし寿司).

Chirashizushi is a rice bowl topped with raw fish, vegetables and various other ingredients. This package contains domestic vegetables (carrot, lotus root, gourd shavings and shiitake mushrooms), soybeans and organic pure rice vinegar from Echizen Kyoto that you can easily mix into a hot bowl of freshly cooked rice. It is also free of chemicals and preservatives.

Easy to make, delicious and authentic!

Suggested use: Makes 2-3 servings. Please cook rice (about 700 g). Transfer the rice to a large container and sprinkle the whole package of chirashizuhi onto the rice. Mix together while the rice is hot and enjoy! 
Ingredients: Vegetables (carrots, lotus root, gourd shavings, shiitake mushrooms), sugar from Hokkaido, organic rice vinegar, non-GMO fried soybeans, bonito extract, yeast extract. Contains wheat. 
Nutritional information: (Per 150 g) Calories: 204kcal, Total Fat: 2.0g, Sodium: 7.4g, Total Carbohydrate: 42.3g, Protein: 4.2g

 Organic ume (plum) vinegar from Japan
Organic Ume (Plum) Vinegar with Shiso
オーガニック梅酢
(YASASHI UME)

Ume, a fruit similar to plums, are a staple in the Japanese diet. Although they can commonly be found all over Japan, only 1% produced in the famous ume region of Wakayama are organic. This organic ume vinegar is made from JAS/USDA certified organic ume with no added chemicals (even in the fertilizer), preservatives or artificial coloring. Truly only the best quality ume is used! Learn more about these amazing producers on our Producer Spotlight.

This organic ume vinegar is made from two simple ingredients: organic ume and salt. It can be used as a replacement for vinegar in any dish or used as a substitute for salt or soy sauce. You can even dilute it in water and drink it as health tonic. Only a small amount is required.

Suggested use: Add it to soups or sauces for extra flavoring, as a salad dressing or as a marinade for chicken or pork. 
Ingredients: Organic plum, organic shiso, salt
Nutritional information: N/A

Nori (seaweed) paste also known as tsukudani from Japan
Nori (Seaweed) Paste (Tsukudani)
のりの佃煮

(ISOYA)

Nori (seaweed) paste, also known as tsukudani, is a commonly used condiment in Japan. Toasted nori sheets are pickled then simmered into a delicate paste the has balanced sweet, salty and umami flavor. 

Traditionally added on top of a steaming bowl of rice, you can also use it as a spread on crackers or toast, as a topping for fish or chicken, or mix it with diced avocados or hard boiled eggs. Use your creativity! 

Suggested use: Add on top of rice, as a spread for crackers or toast, a topping for fish or chicken, or mixed with diced avocados or hard boiled eggs. Refrigerate after opening.
Ingredients: Soy-sauce (includes wheat and soy, non GMO), sugar, dried seaweed, syrup, salt, fermented seasonings, shavings of dried bonito, shrimp, bonito dashi, sake

Nutritional information: (Per package) Calories: 14kcal, Total Fat: 0g, Sodium: 0.5g, Total Carbohydrate: 2.6g, Protein: 0.7g

Daships - type of Japanese chips
Daships
だしップス
(MIZUNOTO)

A great snack the whole family will enjoy!


These daships are a type of Japanese chips known as wa (和). They're made from okara (雪花菜), also known as soybean pulp, which is the by-product from tofu and soy milk production. Okara is considered a health food in Japan due to its high dietary fiber and calcium content, as well as its being rich in protein and potassium.

Okara is combined with wheat, mackerel powder produced in Numadu, Shizuoka and are lightly fried in non-GMO rapeseed oil to create this healthy snack with a crunchy texture both you and your children will love! 

Suggested use: Enjoy as is.
Ingredients: Wheat, raw sugar, vegetable oil, soy pulp powder, dried mackerel shavings, dried bonito shavings
Nutritional information: N/A

1st Place Cacao Cream Energy Bar from Japan1st Place Energy Cacao Cream
ファーストプレイス エナジーカカオクリーム
(MANA)

This unique and chocolatey energy bar is made using 5 simple ingredients and contains no added sugar or preservatives. It's naturally sweetend using a rare brown rice (amazake) produced in the Tamba area in Hyogo prefecture and fermented with awamori koji. Perfect for when you're on the go or for a workout!
 

Suggested use: Enjoy as is or spread it on bread/crackers.
Ingredients: Brown rice sweet sake, Organic cacao nibs, MCT oil, Organic agave inulin, Plant origin lactic acid bacteria. (Includes wheat and soy)
Nutritional information: Serving size: 1 packet, Calories: 91kcal, Total Fat: 3.9g, Sodium: 0g, Total Carbohydrate: 12.5g, Protein: 1.5g, Potassium: 10.6mg, Magnesium: 3.2mg, Calcium: 1.07mg, Cacao polyphenol: 190mg, Alchohol: 0%

Hot Sweet Ginger soup with matcha
Organic Hot Sweet Ginger Tea with Green Tea
有機しょうが湯 (宇治抹茶)
(JUNSEI-SYOKUHIN MARUSHIMA)

This organic hot sweet ginger tea is made from domestic raw ginger that is cultivated from the open-fields of Kochi prefecture. It contains whole grated organic ginger to provide optimal benefits and flavor, which is then combined with green tea from the famous Uji region. The product has also passed rigorous inspections to receive the JAS organic certification. 

Tangy and refreshing, this powder can be enjoyed as a soothing hot beverage or sprinkled on toast or yogurt. 
 

Suggested use: Mix one packet with 100ml of hot water to enjoy as a tea or sprinkle on toast or yogurt to add extra flavor.
Ingredients: Organic sugar, organic ginger paste, organic brown sugar, organic ginger powder, organic green tea
Nutritional information: (Per packet (8g)) Calories: 32kcal, Total Fat: 0g, Sodium: 0g, Total Carbohydrate: 7.8g, Protein: 0.1g

Akamoku (Algae) Kelp Salt from Japan
Akamoku (Algae) Kelp Salt
あかもく昆布塩
(TAC21)

Known for being a superfood in Japan, akamoku is an algae that contains fucoidan and fucoxanthin, minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron, and vitamin K, β-carotene and α-linolenic acid.

This salt has 44.7% less sodium than regular salt while the amamoku and kelp provide rich flavors from the sea. 

Suggested use: Use as a substitute for salt. 
Ingredients: Salt, akamaku (algae), kelp 
Nutritional information: N/A

Akamoku (Algae) Vegetable Bouillon
Akamoku (Algae) Vegetable Bouillon
アカモクと国産野菜のブイヨン
(TAC21)

This bouillon combines the Japanese superfood, akamoku (algae), with a variety of domestic vegetables to produce a delicious soup that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a bouillon in your favorite recipes.   

Suggested use: Add hot water to enjoy it as a hot soup or use it as a bouillon in your favorite recipes. Can also be used as a seasoning. 
Ingredients: Potato powder, pepper, celery powder, potato starch, corn powder, burdock powder, potato flour, corn powder, wheat powder, cabbage powder, fried garlic
Nutritional information: N/A

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Indigo blue soap from Japan

Indigo Blue Soap

Indigo, also known as Japanese blue, is said to have antibacterial properties and can be an effective way to prevent odors. It's been used in Japan as a remedy for skin trouble or eczema, while also repelling insects. Ancient samurais even used to wear indigo clothing under their armor to help heal wounds. Learn more about the surprising uses of indigo in our blog post.

This unique soap is made in the rural areas of Tokushima Prefecture using indigo that has been cultivated from the producer's own farm. It can be used on all skin types as well as on your face and full body. (Actual pattern may vary)

Ingredients: Olive oil, water, coconut oil, sodium hydrate, camellia oil, shea butter, palm oil, indigo essence, jojoba oil, lavender oil, patchouli oil, litsea cubeba oil