Our specialty products
Premium offerings born of Fukushima Pride
Fukushima Prefecture covers a vast area that is made up of three regions, each with their its own distinctive features. The produce and livestock that come out of our different natural environments offer a wealth of delicious variety to discover. Among them are eleven specialty products with some of the highest yields in Japan--the foods that serve as “the signature of Fukushima”. So dive in and discover the amazing flavors that come from our farms, forests, and fisheries--cultivated with pride of local Fukushima producers.
What makes it so special?
Tomatoes are grown across Fukushima, using cultivation practices that take advantage of the prefecture’s ideal climate and result in a distinctive tomato crop. Those grown in the highlands are deliciously ripe with a balanced sweet-tart flavor, thanks to summer sunshine and large temperature swings between day and night. Tomatoes grown in the warmer coastal regions are placed in huge greenhouses, which gives the fruit more savory components and a firmer texture.
Selecting the perfect
The redder and riper the tomato, the more nutrients it has and the better it tastes. When selecting tomatoes in the store, pick firmer ones with the most color to get the freshest fruit. The stem should be crisp and bright green, and the tomato itself should feel springy and heavy in your hand.
Storage and preparation
Ripe tomatoes will rapidly lose their nutritional value when kept at room temperature, but will lose their flavor and texture if kept too cold. Place them in a plastic bag and keep them in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator. Tomatoes are not only delicious when eaten raw in salads, but also wonderful when made into tomato sauce or added to stir-fry or simmered dishes.
Tomato-topped rice bowl with meat in thick sauce
Lomi-lomi salad with chilled tomato and cucumber
Light octopus, cucumber, and tomato marinade
※Links take you to recipes on the official Fukushima Prefecture Cookpad website, Hara Kucchi-na Fukushima.