Golden shining Anno Potato produced in Tanegashima Island with a high sugar content is like sweets.
Introduced by magazines and TV programs, Anno Potato has become famous and popular all over the nation. Its origin is said to be one potato which a soldier took home from Sumatra after the war. That potato was grown in the Anno area of Tanegashima Island. So sweet and delicious, it has become widely cultivated also in other areas.
Containing more sucrose than other potatoes, Anno Potato tastes notably sweet. In addition, with a lot of water contained, it became so soft as to be able to be scooped with a spoon after heated. With its moist and smooth texture, it tastes like fine sweets.
Cooking patiently and slowly is a key point.
The best way to eat Anno Potato is Yakiimo (baked potato). In order to make it most delicious, cook patiently and slowly. Wash Anno Potato, wrap it with aluminum foil, and heat it in an toaster oven for about 70 minutes. However, this is a case of large size. According to its size, it is necessary to adjust the time to heat. The potato becomes more delicious by baking another 5 ~ 10 minutes after it became so soft that a skewer can pierce through it smoothly.
If you use a microwave oven, Anno Potato will be rapidly heated, and its sweetness and texture will be impaired. Even if you want to eat it as soon as possible, you should cook it patiently and slowly.
Popular two kinds of Anno Potato
“Anno Beni” (1,000 yen (tax included) / 1.5 kg)
There are two kinds of Anno Potato; “Anno Beni” and “Anno Kogane”. “Anno Beni” is the most popular Anno Potato. It has red skin and its split inside is yellow. You can enjoy sweet and sticky texture like cream. If cooling it after baking, you feel as if you were eating ice cream. So, the potato is also good for dessert after meal. In addition to Yakiimo, another recommended menu using the potato is Tempura.
“Anno Kogane”(1,350 yen (tax included) / 1.5 kg)
“Anno Kogane” is a result of a mutation of a native Anno Potato. It features a little white cream-colored skin. As with Anno Beni, it is very sweet and has sticky texture.
With a commitment to quality, Anno Potato of Tanegashima Island is let stand for a while after harvested until it matures so as to be sweeter. If eating it once, you must be fascinated with its delicious taste! Why don’t you enjoy fine sweets presented by the nature.
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