Kuromame-cha, black soybean tea, for your everyday health

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

In Japan our people are obsessed with healthy foods in a positive way.  Kuromame‘s health benefit – beneficial anthocyanin – is so tempting that some producers came up with a new product – kuromame-cha (black soybean tea).  Now this healthy beverage, which is made by steeping black beans, is as popular as other healthy infusion teas.  The beans for this tea are specially treated that they become soft in hot water in 4 to 5 minutes for a healthy...

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Kuromame recipe for your healthy New Year

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

Fresh kuromame just popped out of the shell presents beautiful smooth and shiny appearance.  The shape of the beans is an ordinary, slightly oblong bean-shape like the ones of fresh edamame green soybeans.  But when it is dried, it becomes perfect round shape.  This is magical to me.  Here is teh kuromame recipe. I cook the beans with my special egg shaped iron ball.  When you do not have this special ball, you can use old nail, but please wrap it up in a cheese cloth, so...

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Kuromame black soy beans

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 in Hiroko's Blog

Today I cooked kuromame thinking of the approach of the end of the year (anyway it was raining outside).  Kuromame are black soybeans whose shape is perfectly round and they are much larger than their yellow colored-cousin.  The flavor of this black variety is robust and much tastier than…. their cousin.  Furthermore, its dark purplish (almost black) color suggests that it is rich in anthocyanin, a well known anti-oxidant.  So, I love kuromame.  The best kuromame in...

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