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Travelers’ Treasures / Edo Sato-zuke (Edo foods preserved in sugar)

In the Edo period, the Japanese would preserve foods such as burdock and ginger in sugar as snacks. Sato-zuke are traditional candied fruits that inherit the old-fashioned techniques and ingredients used since the Edo period, passing this culinary culture onto modern-day Japan.

Vegetables are slowly simmered over several days so as not to lose their delicate flavor and texture. Also, because the cooking time and density differ depending on the ingredient, each type of candy is made in a different way.

This is a superb product where one can glimpse the commitment to preserving the original flavor of the food in a typically Japanese way. These excellent sweets, passed down from the Edo period and made with only vegetables and sugar are packed with traditional Japanese flavor and texture.

Price: ¥5,940 (for box of 13-14 kinds of food)

Manufacturer: Umebachiya Co. in Sumida Ward, Tokyo

(http://umebachiya.com)

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