Prefecture: Okinawa Producer: Okinawa Pioneer Foods Ingredients: Roasted black sesame (domestic), sugar (kokuto (Okinawa black sugar), medium coarse sugar), peanuts, starch syrup, kinako (soybean flour) (contains soybeans), starch, salt Vegan, Dairy-free Size:5 x 20g packages
Kokuto (lit. “black sugar”) is a regional brown sugar from Okinawa that was first produced over 300 years ago during the Edo era and has since become one of Okinawa's best known local specialties. Different from regular brown sugar, kokuto is made from 100% local sugarcane which is pressed to squeeze out its sweet, raw juice. It has a rich licorice flavor with hints of caramel and toffee and is considered a healthier alternative to regular sugar given its calcium, iron, and vitamin B. Sadly, most sugarcane is now used to produce raw sugar, such as white sugar, and only about 5% is used to make kokuto. The number of kokuto factories has also decreased dramatically. Currently, only eight islands in Okinawa manufacture pure kokuto, with each region producing a slightly different flavor, color, texture and aroma based on the soil, weather and cultivation methods. Here the licorice flavors of kokuto are combined with the toasted, nutty flavors of domestic black sesame seeds and kinako (roasted soybean powder) to create a sweet and crunchy local treat!
Suggested uses:Enjoy as is. Pairs well with or any of the regional teas available at our Market: Michi no Eki.
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