The amount of spinach production in Hokkaido is about 3%
of that in Japan. Almost 100% of the spinach that appears
on the market in Hokkaido from April to October is from Hokkaido.
During winter, more comes from Gunma Prefecture and Saitama
It is said that spinach was originally from Central Asia and
came to Japan in the early 17th century from China. This became
the native spinach of Japan. There are three kinds of spinach
grown in Japan today. One is the Western species that came
from France in the mid? 19th century. The others are Oriental
|(Main productive areas in Okhotsk)Kitami city
and Shari town
(Time of shipment)June - December
The spinach from Shari
|This is the main variety grown in Shari town.
They begin growing it in hothouses around May and ship in the
early season, June to October.
This variety is sown from spring to summer, the shape of the
grass is upright, and the leaf has a V-shape. The leaf is thick
and the surface is flat, and it has a deep, glossy color. It
also has good hill spread.
(Kanjime Chijimi Horenso
(Cold tightened, curly spinach))
|This is the winter-limited spinach in Kitami.
It is shipped from early November to late December. Its growing
method differs from typical varieties. It is planted in early
September and has a long foster period of about two to three
months. During the foster period, it is exposed to the cold
of early winter. This is called Kanjime Cultivation.
Fending off cold temperatures enables the spinach to retain
its sweetness and yield a high amount of sugar and vitamins.
This was named Chijimi Horenso because the leaf is thick, uneven
Kanjime Chijimi Horenso (Cold tightened, curly spinach) from
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