A building even more blue than the deep blue sky! We’ve come to visit Aohata Jamdeck, the touring and experience facilities of Aohata Corporation, situated in Takehara city, Hiroshima prefecture.
“Welcome to Aohata Jamdeck!”
The instructor who will be teaching us how to make jam today greets us with a smile. This time we will attempt to make marmalade using citrus fruit from the Setouchi area!
Ingredients include navel oranges grown in the Setouchi area, sugar, pectin sugar, and lemon juice. The oranges have been prepared in advance into peel and juice.
*Pectin is a gelling agent (to give thickness) found in plants. Pectin sugar is a mixture of pectin and sugar.
First off we simmer the navel oranges. After they become soft, we add the sugar. It’s important to keep mixing while scraping the bottom of the pot to make sure the mixture doesn’t burn.
We check the results with our taste buds and a saccharimeter!
To allow the sugar to permeate the mixture, we set it aside for 10-15 minutes. After this, it’s time to taste! In addition to eating it with bread, marmalade is also delicious when mixed with hot water to make “marmalade tea”.
We return again to jam making. The sweetness is adjusted by adding lemon juice. After boiling the mixture to the correct degree, the marmalade is finally put into jars.
Tadah, it’s finished! The Aohata Jamdeck original design jars contain our hand-made marmalade. I received a total of 5 jars of jam as souvenirs, including a jar of apple jam. By the way, as it costs only JPY800 to participate, it’s cheaper than buying it at the store. 😉
After the jam making experience, there is a tour of the plant. Unfortunately, as taking photographs inside the plant is forbidden, I cannot show you any pictures, but believe it or not, around 150 thousand jars of jam are produced daily!
All the Aohata Jam sold in Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa is made here in Takehara city, Hiroshima prefecture!
As the Seto Inland Sea area is abundant in citrus fruit, the Aohata Corporation was established here in 1932. The company has provided sweet happiness all over Japan ever since!
How about a visit to the hometown of jam?
Address: 1-1-25 Tadanouminaka-machi, Takehara city, Hiroshima prefecture
Business hours: 9.30-16.30 (Jam making experiences and plant tours require a reservation in advance. Check the details on the homepage below)
Closed: Sunday, Monday, public holidays, New Year’s holiday, as well as other specified holidays.
Homepage: http://www.aohata.co.jp/jamdeck/ (Japanese – some information can be also found on the English link)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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