Have you ever heard of Black Foods?
These are many kinds of foods like black rice, seaweed, black sesame seeds and so on.
Also seasonings like soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. These are very good for your health, you know?😊
Although the number of obese people is increasing around the world, Japanese obesity rate keeps the lowest in the world at only 3%.
Today I’m going to introduce you black foods that Japanese often eats!
- Staple black foods
- Black Seasonings
- Seaweeds (海藻)
- Sea foods (シーフード)
- Vegetables (野菜)
- Tofu (豆腐)
Staple black foods
Japanese people often eat rice and noodles as our staple foods. We eat brown rice, and The soba noodles as well as udon and ramen. These are especially rich in vitamin B.
Black rice is old type Japanese ancient rice. Stickier than white one. We usually eat them mixed white rice.
Whole wheat and rye breads are also commonly eaten.
Black beans, often used in Japanese sweets, are also a black food. This is good for beauty.
Kuromame (黒豆) recipe
Kuromame nattou (黒豆納豆)
Some natto is also made from black beans. They are smelly but addictive!
Black soybeans and natto have larger grains and a stronger flavor than regular soybeans.
almost all Japanese seasonings are black. We love Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and balsamic vinegar also.
Worcestershire sauce (ウスターソース)
“Su” means vinegar in Japanese. There is a black vinegar, “Kurozu”. Some people put it in juice and drink it for thir health. It is said kurozu is more refine and elegant flavor than regular vinegar.
Balsamic vinegar (バルサミコ酢)
The best Balsamic vinegar is Aceto from Modena, Italy.
It makes fishes and salads taste greater tasty!
Very expensive but worth it. (100ml/ 130USD!!)
This su is not made in Japan. I just wanted to be proud. Hahaha
We often eat black sesame as a snacks or mixed foods. When sesame seeds are added to a failed dish, this taste is changes delicious flavor.
So we call it “Gomakasu” as in cheating.
Sanshou Pepper (山椒)
We also use brown sugar and molasses in sweets instead of sugar.
Japan’s brown sugar comes from the tropical islands of Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.
Miso made from black soybeans. It is also delicious in stews.
We often eat it with cold ramen, “Jaja men”
Especially, we eat Kombu after making the broth. This is one of a good luck food because it rhymes with “Yorokobu (よろこぶ)” means joy.
Wakame is young kombu. We often eat them into miso soup or ramen.
Hijiki is often eaten as a stew with konnyaku and soybeans.
Sea foods (シーフード)
“Aozakana” means blue fish. These meats are black, unlike Pacific saury or Spanish clams… so they are one of the black foods. This fish is shad.
We eat black garlic and beans well. There are black radishes, tomatoes and potatoes… but I’ve never seen them. I would like to get black vegetables, if I have a chance😊
I’ve heard that those are more flavorful than ordinary vegetables.
This is konnyaku, also known as devil’s tongue jelly, or elephant yum. This is produced from konnyaku yum roots.
It has a limp, gummy texture, so I am often said I don’t like it by foreigners.
Eggplant and burdock are among the black vegetables. We often use them in cooking.
Coffee, Vanilla, and chocolate and so on are good black foods also.
Check it out ! You must be addicted them😍