AOMORI OFFERS CULINARY TREATS FOR ALL SEASONS
Northern Land Boasts Bounty from the Ocean and Mountains
(February 28, 2008)
Located at the northern tip of Japan's main island of Honshu, Aomori Prefecture, which has a population of 1.44 million, is a fertile land rich in natural beauty and encompassing verdant forests and the Hakkoda mountain range. The region is known for Shirakami-Sanchi, a mountainous, unspoiled expanse of virgin forest containing some of the world's largest tracts of beech trees that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Aomori Nebuta Festival, a fire festival that is famous throughout Japan. With shores touching the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Tsugaru Strait, in addition to an inland sea bordered by two peninsulas, the prefecture boasts a wealth of marine resources. Thanks to its climate of four distinct seasons, fruits and vegetables from the region are also delicious. The farming, fishing, and mountain communities of Aomori are a treasure trove of traditional recipes and cooking methods using local ingredients.
Traditional Seafood Fare
Made from these two marine delicacies and eaten with just the seasoning of salt and the aroma of shiso, the dish is simple yet luxurious. Not only does it look wonderfully appetizing, but the flavor combination is exquisite. The dish was given the name ichigo-ni because the pieces of uni floating in the white, milky broth look like wild strawberries in the morning mist. It is often served as a soup dish on special occasions.
Home-Style Stew with Crackers
The Apple Capital of Japan
Of course they taste best when eaten straight off the tree, but you can also take advantage of the unique characteristics of each one by preparing them in different ways. For example, the Kogyoku variety is good for making such treats as apple pie or baked apples, because the flesh does not break apart or become mushy when cooked. Fuji apples are best for salads, sauces, or desserts since they are sweet and have crisp, nicely colored flesh. Mutsu apples have just the right amount of acidity and firmness to go well with meat dishes and make a great jam.
From seafood to crackers to apples, Aomori is an area where visitors can experience simple yet delicious foods throughout the year.
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