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Hirokawa Store
281-7 Toyomi, Tako-machi, Katori-gun, Chiba, Japan

Category: bean cake
Product Name: saya decoction flowering plants, Handachi
Raw Materials: Peanuts from Chiba Prefecture
Kind: Chiba-Handachi
Place of production and processing: Chiba prefecture

The season is October-November.

Handachi Peanuts


Did you know that peanuts are a specialty of Chiba? I used to live in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture for a while, and I used to buy these peanuts as a souvenir on my way home. It's quite expensive for peanuts, but when we ate it, it was so delicious... From then on, the market price was fixed for this peanuts as a souvenir of Chiba.

When I see peanuts sold in souvenir shops, I often see that they are sold in a vacuum-packed bag with a small volume of air released. However, if you look closely, it is not vacuum-packed, it is simply made smaller in volume so that it does not lose its shape.

Incidentally, Chiba Prefecture produces 70% of Japan's peanuts (according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2009), and Yachigai City (Yachimarashi) is particularly famous for its production. The main variety is Chiba Hanritsu (sodachi: developed by Chiba Prefecture and half standing in the soil). After being harvested, it is either sun-dried (3 days) or machine dried, and then carefully roasted (roasted over a fire) before being shipped. Of course, the sun-dried ones are better.


When you take them out of the bag, they look blackened, uneven, or just like nature itself. When I split one of them and ate it, it was fragrant and delicious. If you look closely, the inside of the light brown skin inside is orange (I don't remember the other one though). Once you start eating, you can't stop, this.

They seem to be just plain good, but when you compare them to other peanuts, you can tell they're really good. But it's a pity that people don't understand the difference. Lately, it's been noticeable that Chinese peanuts have been making a big splash in the market.

Afterword)
Incidentally, I heard that the peanuts dug from the field and boiled in salt are also delicious. I heard that local farmers eat it that way.

p.s.
Peanuts are also known as "Nanjing beans" because they were introduced through China. Peanuts are native to South America and are called peanuts in the world standard. Well, in China, padlock beans are commonly eaten on a daily basis, and it's mainly used as an ingredient in cooking.

p.s.2
Around 2017, these groundnuts became popular because they are "rich in polyphenols that kill the natural enemy of aging, the reactive oxygen species. Many of them are sold in supermarkets without the shells, but many of them have the brown skin that's tightly attached. That's because its thin skin contains a lot of polyphenols.
©Japanese Famous Foods , Update:2020/06/11