The JA-TSURUOKA co-operative, located in Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture, is specialised in the cultivation of fruit, vegetables and rice. One of its flagship products, very famous throughout the whole of Japan, is the young green freeze-dried soya bean, Dadacha mame.
An interesting fact is that this variety of soya beans has never acclimatised to another area in Japan. The Tsuruoka region has therefore logically registered and protected the DADACHA MAME name.
Harvest takes place every year from mid-August to early September as the bean is fragile.
The young DADACHA MAME soya beans are renowned for their high rates of ornithine (amino acid), their low level of alanine and gaba (ƴ -aminobutyric acid). These three combined factors contribute to a high perception of the umami flavour.
Freeze-dried green DADACHA MAME soya beans are mainly eaten to accompany saké, beer or even tea in Japan.
Here they will delight pastry chefs and chocolatiers as well as cooks.
Whole, covered in white, milk or black chocolate, they are highly addictive.
Powdered, they can liven up butter, whipped cream…
Whole, they bring crunchy vegetal notes to your mixed salads, rice or pasta.