Concept of “Kagurazaka Suika” is to serve delicious, reliable and safe food what the body desires. With that concept, “Kagurazaka Suika” handles vegetables from all over Japan. They have not only seasonal vegetables but also seasonings that bring and support “umami” of them.
“Kagurazaka Suika” is on the sideway of Kagurazaka Shopping Street. It was established in 2009 to serve fresh and delicious vegetables for food conscious family, young women and elderly people in the neighborhood.
Their selection standard is whether it’s in season and delicious. They mainly handle pesticide-free and no fertilizer, naturally grown vegetables. Also, they select organic and trustworthy intermediate wholesaler products. Displayed vegetables are changed by season, which is different from supermarket.
A purchasing clerk Kaori Ito says, “Because summer vegetables are on the shelf in the winter these days, I want to present deliciousness of vegetables in season.” Since it is a small store, stuff and customer could have a close communication. So, customer could receive recommended way of cooking directly from stuff, and it is a charm of “Kagurazaka Suika.”
Let’s ask Ms. Ito about how to tell good vegetables. “First, good balance of form. That means axis or root of the fruit is round. For example, good tomato is round when you look at it from the above. Also, symmetrical shape is a hint. Take a close look at shape of hull, fibrous root and calyx. With the vegetables containing a lot of water like summer vegetables, choose heavier ones than they look. With green leafy vegetables, we recommend lighter colored ones.”
Daily meals tend to be less cared because of our busyness. However, diet is the base to make your body as they say, “We are what we eat.” To have vegetables with joy and less stress, “Suika” handles small amount packages and sell by weight to support the people who live alone.
Let’s start wonderful dinning with vegetables beginning with fresh vegetables today!
Aug 2018 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi