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Aya Organic Wholegrain Black Rice Vinegar is made in Aya Town, Miyazaki Prefecture, where the location is surrounded by laurel forest.
Using a traditional manufacturing method that has lasted since the 1930s, organic brown rice that is cultivated in Aya Town, black koji, and aya water is brewed outdoors in huge turtle pots.
After that, the mixture is fermented for more than 1 year with the power of sun and nature.
Giant earthenware pots have gentle retention, are rich in natural organic acids and amino acids, and nurture a mellow taste without any sharpness.
This vinegar is characterized by mellow acidity, with no pungent taste. Use this vinegar for cooking and drinking. To maintain your health, you can also drink one shot of this vinegar every day. You can dilute it with water or mix it with other beverages before drinking it.
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Located in the rich nature of Aya Town in the central part of Miyazaki Prefecture, Oyama Foods Ltd. is a long-established vinegar brewing manufacturer that has been lasting for more than 80 years. They have been making traditional fermented foods since the fifth year of Showa period (AD 1930).
In Miyazaki's abundant nature, "Aya's famous water" which is honed in the Japanese larch forest area is used for everything from brewing to mixing. All using the traditional brewing method.
Fermentation is done outdoors using huge turtle pots. It is a unique brewing method that has only been done by Yamadai vinegar in Japan.
Yamadai vinegar is prepared by a process called "old style brewing method". It is a simple method of simply putting in 1/3 of the body of the turtle pot in the ground, then adding good quality ingredients like brown rice, water, koji, and vinegar starter culture in it. After that, bincho charcoal (white charcoal/bincho-tan) is put in, and the fermentation state is monitored with a five-yen coin. Furthermore with the old method, they let the vinegar naturally develop with the sun and the power of time.
In the turtle pots, koji starter culture, yeasts, and acetic acid bacteria are constantly active, and organic acids produced by them and amino acids in brown rice melt into raw rice vinegar.
We are using only rice (white rice and brown rice) produced by organic farming, aiming to make vinegar that you can use safely.
We are using "Aya Town's famous water" chosen by the Japan's Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 most prestigious waters in Japan as the water for making all products. This water, which is also used in Miyazaki's famous tofu store, has a mellow taste.
To make whole grain black rice vinegar, we use black koji, which is the progenitor variant of white koji. Black koji produces citric acid by itself, prevents contamination by various germs, and is suitable for brewing in tropical countries. On the other hand, it is difficult to make and maintain koji fermentation.
Vinegar brewing with black koji is unique in Japan.
The turtle pots used to make this rice vinegar are huge. One turtle pot can brew 300 to 500 litres of raw rice vinegar. Because of the size, nowadays these pots are rarely produced.
Up to hundreds of turtle pots are embedded in the southern side of the Aya factory on the hill which has good sunlight.
As a general guideline, take about 15cc to 30cc of black vinegar a day.
If you drink the undiluted solution as it is, the acetic acid component contained in vinegar may damage your throat and digestive organs, so it is recommended to dilute it about 10 times.
Here, we will introduce how to drink black vinegar deliciously and safely.
*Some products may be diluted to make them easier to drink. Please drink according to the product handling instructions.
The taste of black vinegar will go perfectly with the sweetness of honey.
Combining the acidity and rich creamy taste of milk, this drink will taste similar to yogurt. The acidity of black vinegar becomes mellow and mild, making it very delicious and easy to drink.
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|Ingredients||Organic Whole Grain Rice (Brown Rice)|
|Storage Guide||Please keep away from direct sunlight and don’t put it in high temperature and humidity.|
|Product Origin||Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan|