Naraduke (Vegetables pickled in sake lees)


Since ancient times, the Japanese people have incorporated fermentation into their daily lives. There is a wide variety of fermented food throughout Japan, each varying by region depending on the locally grown vegetables, climates and customs. Narazuke is one such example.
Narazuke is said to be the oldest pickle first mentioned in official historical records dating back to 1,300 years ago. It has its roots in Kasuzuke, in which salted vegetables and fruits are pickled in sake lees. Founded in 1869, Morinaraduketen Co., Ltd. has preserved its original techniques and manufacturing methods of Narazuke for five generations. Its Narazuke is made only from vegetables and fruits grown in Japan as well as carefully selected sake lees and natural salt, without using any sweeteners, sugar, or additives. Made by hand by artisans, the amount of sake lees is masterfully adjusted to maximize the taste, texture and aroma of the ingredients. The process takes about a year to 1.5 years to complete. In addition, the company is engaged in turning traditional Japanese vegetables that have been carefully cultivated in various parts of Japan for centuries into Narazuke, while actively working to address the issue of food loss by making pickles from vegetables that are out of standard due to their size or shape. Lastly, the company is also keen in sharing and proposing arranged menus using Narazuke that suit a variety of lifestyles and food preferences.


2022 Award
Genre: Food/Drink


‘- Kizami Narazuke (finely chopped pickles) in pack
– Kizami Narazuke (finely chopped pickles) in jar
– Narazuke in pack
– Narazuke in box
– Narazuke in wooden barrel
*Vegetables used: Winter melon, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, plum, ginger, gourd, vegetable pear, celery, daikon radish, carrot, Yamato Sanjaku cucumber

Price (excluding tax) ※ Please see the latest pricing and tax information on the company's home page.

JPY423 – JPY12,000 (all excluding tax)
– Kizami Narazuke (finely chopped pickles) in pack JPY423 – JPY600
– Kizami Narazuke (finely chopped pickles) in jar JPY1,300
– Narazuke in pack JPY723 – JPY6,000
– Narazuke in box JPY1,923 – JPY8,400
– Narazuke in wooden barrel JPY4,200 – JPY12,000