- Main lore areas
Around Nanao City
- Main ingredients used
Sea cucumbers, daikon radish
- History/origin/related events
Sea cucumbers have become a popular winter delicacy in the Noto Peninsula. The history of sea cucumbers in Noto is said to date back to the 8th century. A wooden plaque excavated from the Heijo Palace site (the Inner Palace of Heijo-kyo) states that six kilograms of sea cucumbers were transported from Noto to the capital. The Engishiki, a book compiled in the mid-Heian period and used to define the rituals of the Imperial Court, also contains a record of sea cucumbers from Noto.
Nanao City, facing Nanao Bay, is known for its sea cucumbers. Surrounded by mountains, Nanao Bay has gentle waves that produce soft and tasty sea cucumbers. Sea cucumbers are caught using small bottom trawl nets, and in the late 1960s (late 1960s), the catch was over 1,000 tons. Today, the catch has dropped to the 300-ton level, but sea cucumbers from Nanao Bay account for most of the prefecture's total catch.
The sea cucumbers are then processed by hand into kinko (dried sea cucumbers) and konokawa (salted intestines), which are distributed both domestically and internationally.
Vinegared sea cucumbers" is a popular dish using sea cucumbers and is a popular snack with alcoholic beverages.
Dried sea cucumber ovaries are prized as a luxury delicacy. Dried sea cucumbers exposed to the cold wind like a curtain in early spring is a local tradition.
- Opportunities and times of eating habits
Sea cucumber fishing in the prefecture begins in November and continues until the following April. In Noto, sea cucumbers are landed. They are sorted into high-end products for raw consumption and for local consumption.
Locals eat sea cucumbers in a variety of ways, with "vinegared sea cucumbers" being the most popular.
- How to eat
After thoroughly washing the surface and removing the entrails, cut the sea cucumbers into thin slices and eat them mixed with grated radish and vinegar. The sea cucumber is characterized by its crunchy texture and strong scent of the sea.
The sea cucumber should be cleaned quickly by removing the slime from the surface in the same manner as salted sea cucumbers, then cut a slit on the belly side and carefully wash the part where the entrails used to be.
- Efforts for Preservation and Succession
In order to make sea cucumbers, a local specialty, more accessible to children, elementary schools in Nanao City are invited to participate in a sea cucumber cooking class. The children made "Vinegared Sea Cucumbers".
Nanao City is also involved in the "Noto Sea Cucumber Cooking Contest," the "National Sea Cucumber Conference," the "Sea Cucumber Memorial Service," and the "Sea Cucumber Willow Festival" to raise awareness of the local sea cucumbers.
source : "Kanazawa, Kaga, Noto: Home Cooking of the Four Seasons" by Etsuko Aoki.