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Satsumaimo, a Delicious Autumn Treat

Brought to Satsuma Province (present day Kagoshima Prefecture) by the Portuguese in the early 17th century, Satsumaimo (sweet potatoes) has also been called "Karaimo" and "Kansho".

The best season to harvest them is in autumn, where people tossing Satsumaimo into a bonfire of fallen leaves is a familiar everyday scene. This sweet and soft fall time snack filled with starch and sugar is the perfect snack for fall in Japan.

Let's eat a nutritious and delicious snack called Satsumaimo

Brought to Satsuma Province (present day Kagoshima Prefecture) by the Portuguese in the early 17th century, Satsumaimo (sweet potatoes) has also been called "Karaimo" and "Kansho".

The best season to harvest them is from August to November, where you'll see Satsumaimo being thrown into a bonfire of fallen leaves, a familiar autumnal scene in Japan. If you want to try this delectable snack full of vitamins and potassium, remember this is the best time to do so! Don't worry if you miss the peak season though, because freshly harvested Satsumaimo is not necessarily the best. Some say that it becomes sweeter, softer, and even more delicious after leaving it alone for two to three months, so that it is free of excess water.

Here are some fun facts about Satsumaimo! It's a plant that is a relative of morning-glory. Somehow its root became fat and that's how Satsumaimo was born. Although it is originally from Central America, approximately 90 percent of it is currently grown in Asia because of its popularity and ideal temperatures. In Japan, it's grown mostly in its Western part.
Even though Satsumaimo isn't native to Japan, it's been a popular autumn snack in the country for such a long time that you don't want to miss out on the chance to eat this delightful snack!

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Satsumaimo (Sweet Potatoes)

Kagoshima

  • Address
    Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture

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