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千石豆・つるまめ

Kaga-tsurumame (Hyacinth beans)

Characteristics

The standard name for this bean is hyacinth bean. It is a bean with a long history: a document from the Heian Period (794-1185/1192) mentions it. That is probably part of the reasons why it has acquired several different names, such as “hasshomame” and “toramame,” depending on the region. The beans cultivated in Kanazawa City are called “Kaga-tsurumame,” and are certified as one of the 15 Kaga Vegetables. They are enjoyed in various ways: simmered, dressed with miso or sauce and deep-fried. In Ishikawa Prefecture, common home-cooked dishes that contain these beans include somen noodles with eggplants or simmered dishes with deep-fried tofu. The beans are indispensable for home cooking.

Best season 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3
Production site Kanazawa City, Komatsu City
Yield/Delivery amount 17 tons
Appearance Boat-shaped with both ends of the pod pointing upward
Size Pod length of 6-7 cm
Raw/Cooked Cooked
Serving suggestions Simmered, dressed with miso or sauce, tempura
Type of dish Japanese/ Western