Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Name
Noto Chestnuts
Address
Suzu City, Wajima City, Anamizu Town, Noto Town
Category
Agriculture、Forestry and Fisheries
Class
Agricultural products and seafood
Age
20th century~21th century
Comment
Noto Chestnuts are grown in Wajima City, Suzu City, Anamizu Town and Noto Town. They are not the kinds unique to this area; the main brand is Tanzawa, followed by Ibuki, Tsukuba and Ishizuchi. The red clay in northern Noto keeps water well and contains abundant iron and calcium, and these conditions give depth to the taste of the chestnuts. They are harvested in September and October, and shipped to Kanazawa and the Kansai region. In recent years, they are used in sweets and specialty products and are gaining in popularity. The cultivation started as part of the national pilot reclamation project in the 1960’s. At that time, more than 100 families were growing chestnuts, and the shipment was over 100 tons, but only half that amount is produced these days. Around Mt. Futagoyama to the east of Anamizu Town, there are some farm shops where tourists can experience harvesting chestnuts and a stock farm in a calm natural landscape.
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