By thomas | October 2, 2007
It’s now October and the temperature has started to drop on the islands. Fall is finally here! One of the great things about Fall, other than the cool weather and falling leaves, is that it is rice harvest season. If you live in a rural area you might have seen this harvesting firsthand [edit: or even harvested it yourself!]. Harvest time is a really exciting time. After a year of waiting, we can finally eat shinmai again!
Shinmai (新米 [しんまい]) quite literally means “new rice”. The Japanese harvest their rice in September and October, and a portion of that rice is sent to market right away. There’s something really special about shinmai. It’s soft, smells wonderful and has a hint of sweetness (after you cook it that is). It really is a step above “regular” rice. In the countryside it is quite common to receive new rice as a gift from your neighbors. If you live in an urban area I recommend you go to your local store right away and buy a bag. Look for a sticker that says 新米. Stores may also put the shinmai sticker on boxed lunches (弁当 [べんとう]) that were made with new rice.
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