soba

Omachi Soba Noodles

Nagano is called the birthplace of soba noodles. Buckwheat is grown even in the regions that become barren in the cold, and it is perfect for growing on mountainsides.

Producers

  • Soba growers in Omachi

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kurobuta miso

Omachi Black Pork Miso

Delicious Omachi Black Pork miso. Made with pork from Omachi Black Pigs raised in the foothills of the Northern Japan Alps and Nagano miso. Contains no MSG.

Producers

  • Homemade Foods Hotaru

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okemiso

Large-barrel-fermented Miso

This miso is made in huge barrels, in the cold climate of Omachi, an environment that is perfect for aging fermented foods. The taste of this miso is exceptional.

Producers

  • Yokokawa Miso & Liquor Shop
  • Kirabayashi Shoten

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ash-baked oyaki

Oyaki Dumplings

One of Nagano’s primary local dishes. Fillings include seasonal vegetables stir-fried with miso, thinly sliced, dried white radish, and soybean pulp. You can also have oyaki dumplings that are baked in ash. This is a rare method that has been used in Yasaka, Omachi since long ago.

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koori mochi (frozen mochi)

Freeze-dried Mochi (Pounded Rice Cakes)

Made using the harsh cold of winter and the arid climate, freeze-dried mochi is a preserved food made in the farming off-season. You can eat it as-is or simply soak it in water and heat it to turn it back into mochi.

Producers

  • Katakuri Freeze-dried Mochi Group
  • Yashiro Freeze-dried Mochi Group

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kanbosi daikon

Freeze-dried White Radish

White radish harvested in the fall is stored in the earth and dug up when it gets cold out. It is left whole or cut into chunks then boiled or steamed. After that, it is exposed to the cold and dried. Compared to fresh white radish, this type of dried radish has a much higher nutritional value.

Producers

  • Omachi farms

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shoyunomi

Shoyu no Mi (chunky soy sauce)

Rice malt is added to steamed black beans, and after fermenting, the mixture is soaked in soy sauce. Popularly eaten by locals over rice or with sake.

Producers

  • Omachi farms

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pickles

Pickles

Even now, meals are not complete without Nozawana (mustard greens), a pickled food commonly referred to as “Osai” and “Nappa.” Each home reveals that regions particular flavor with Nagano Prefecture’s typical pickled food.

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