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Winter snack of Aomori  青森の冬のおやつ 

青森の冬には、昔から「冬のおやつ」がある。渋柿を干した甘い干し柿。渋柿が寒風にさらされて甘くなるという、先人の知恵の贈り物。そのままで食べてももちろん美味しいが、天ぷらにしても美味しい。

During winter season in Aomori, there have always be a winter snack.
It is known as dried persimmon made by drying up the astringent persimmon. Astringent persimmon tends to become sweeter in taste with the present of cold wind and is known as a given from the wisdom by the ancestor. Dried persimmon can be eaten as it is and also delicious when serve in tempura style.


米どころの津輕では、餅をついて、四角に切り、縄で縛って吊るし、1ケ月ほど干して、水分のない乾燥した状態にした干し餅。干し餅は、軽く焼いて食べる。
ほろほろと崩れそうな食感で、お米の味を感じる。

Tsugaru is known for its rice and it relates to making rice cakes. Rice cakes are cut into square pieces, tied up with a rope and hang up to be dry. It will be hung up there until it is dehydrated and be in a dry state. Dried rice cakes are slightly bake before serving.
The rice cakes are crispy with crumbs feeling in terms of texture.

何処の地域でも、この時期になったらこれを食べるといった季節感があったと思うが、だんだんとその季節感も薄れつつある。干し柿や干し餅は、手間と時間がかかる。生産者は年々減ってきている。

Every region has a seasonal or soul food where people will enjoy it in a certain time of the particular season. But seasonal sense is somehow fading away.
There are a lot of needs from labor to time used in the production of dried persimmon and dried rice cake. Hence the production number in decreasing every year.

そして、近年の異常気象。今年の青森は、暖冬で雪が、極端に少ない。寒さで作ってきた「冬のおやつ」が作れなくなる時がくるのだろうか。

Also, the abnormal weather condition in recent years. Snow in Aomori this year is extremely less for this year.
Will there be a day when the production of winter snacks in cold days stops?

 

 

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