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Salt from Iriomote Island


"Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture which was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2021 is 90% jungle. Nature has been protected as a national park. In 2018, Mr Ken Fujimoto started salt making which had been halted for 100 years. He built a salt-making workshop by himself in an empty field on Iriomote Island over an eight-month period. Among beautiful islands, Iriomote Island has the second highest mountain in Okinawa and it’s blessed with waterfalls and rivers, and the seawater is rich in minerals. The iron pot-cooked salt which is slowly boiled down with the power of steam is sweet, not salty. It’s recommend to pinch of it when cooking rice. It will make the rice more sweetened and will become sticky and tender. Also it brings out the flavor of grilled fish, pork and broth. Sun-dried salt which is produced only by the power of nature leaves salt crystals intact and has a strong umami taste.
Please try it with meat dishes. Salt production is similar to agriculture, the richness of the soil, the quality of the water…, the climate and the spiritual features, the thoughts of the people create the flavor."

Hideaki Ohama System Administrator

Iriomote Island in the Yaeyama Islands Okinawa Prefecture is a jungle where 90% of the island is designated as a national natural park and unspoiled nature is alive. The salt of Iriomote Island is carefully made by hand by the representative Mr. Ken Fujimoto himself as a craftsman. By using steam the heat is transferred evenly so it will be a grainy, mild salt. Sun-dried salt can only be prepared in the summer. Large, square crystals like a piece of quartz are made only by the power of the summer sun and sea. It is a rare salt with a strong umami flavor. The minerals flowing from the rich forests of Iriomote Island create a rich ocean and the salt of Iriomote Island has a mild sweetness. Whenever you need a little extra flavor, this will change your usual dishes.


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