Tohoku Week – Zunda

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When you consider the elegance of Japanese tea, the homely looking zunda looks a bit out of place. By appearance, it could be a regurgitated bright green goo, but zunda takes its rightful place beside the more refined cup of ocha by virtue of its history. Lord Date Masamune, founder of Sendai, dined on zunda, which is really just sweetened young soybeans crushed with a sword handle into a coarse paste. It is then smeared on a ball of mochi much like peanut butter. Not commonly seen around other parts of Japan, zunda is enjoyed as dessert in Sendai and its surrounding area.

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