Herring Roe Sun-Drying Started
The season has begun again for the herring roe flavor enhancing process of sun-drying in Rumoi City, Japan’s top herring roe producer.
On July 6, Hokkaido’s largest herring roe provider Ihara & Co., Ltd. (Rumoi City) prepared 700 kg of herring roe caught in Rumoi Subprefecture this summer and begun sun-drying the roe under a cloudless sky.
Workers carefully placed herring roe clusters on racks one-by-one, flipping them and removing impurities. After a week of sun-drying, the pale yellow herring roe clusters will shrink by about one quarter of their original size and take on a tortoiseshell colour.
The high-end product, dried herring roe, will be shipped mainly to the Kanto region from around November and is usually traded for about 80,000 yen per kilo every year.
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