How to do Sunki Lacto-Fermenting
Furusato Taiken-kan Kiso-Fukushima : ふるさと体験館きそふくしま
Learn to Make Kiso Valley’s Unique Salt-free Pickling Technique.
Kiso River Valley
Japanese pickles ("tsukemono") play a large role in Nagano's cuisine. One of the specialty "tsukemono" of the Kiso Valley is called "sunki". It's made from turnip greens and is fermented using lactic acid bacteria (like in yoghurt) instead of salt like most tsukemono use. At the Furusato Taikenkan activities hall in Kiso Fukushima, you can learn how to make "sunki" yourself.
Being so far from the ocean, salt used to a luxury item in the Kiso Valley. Perhaps that's the reason why "sunki" was developed here. "Sunki" is unusual in that salt isn't used in the fermenting process of the turnip greens. Instead, lactic acid bacteria is used (lacto-fermenting), giving "sunki" a sour flavor not unlike that of yoghurt. It's a very unique type of tsukemono, and has been proven to have many healthy attributes.
The Furusato Taikenkan in Kiso Fukushima is an activities center that puts on a variety of cooking lessons, including "sunki". So for you foodies out there that want to experience making Kiso Valley's rare type of tsukemono, don't miss this opportunity!
- Hours :
- 9:30-16:30 (last sign-in 15:00)
- Date(s) :
- Program offered in Nov. (Closed Wednesdays)
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- 3,200 / person
- Time Required :
- 1-1.5 hours
- Reservations :
- # of Participants :
- Foreign Languages :
- (Instruction in Japanese.)
- Luggage Storage :
tel : +81(0)264-27-1011 fax : +81(0)264-27-1012 Official site
- By Train
- From Kiso Fukushima Station (JR Chuo Line), Take bus bound for Kaida Kogen (15 min.).
- By Car
- From Ina IC, 45 min.
- 6959 Shinkai, Kiso, Kiso 397-0002
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