Okinawan brown sugar is prized in Japanese cooking for its deep & intense flavor. Only eight islands in the archipelago produce what can be called Okinawan brown sugar, and each sugar is different. The difference lies primarily in the terroir of each island. Coral islands impart a different flavor from other types of islands. We tasted different islands' sugars before choosing this sugar from Hateruma Island. It is the most highly prized of the Okinawan sugars and we can see why. On the tongue it tastes of brown sugar with earthy mineral tones and savoriness. The fragrance is deep with hints of tobacco. Not only can you use this amazing sugar in your favorite desserts, but it is a great addition to many savory dishes such as braises, broths, etc.
Started in 1954, Murakami Syoten is a third generation company based in Osaka. They originally started trading sugar and eventually moved to processing. The sugar that we import is from Hateruma Island, which is part of the Okinawan archipelago.