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Zunda Mochi (ずんだ餅 – Green Soybean Rice Cake)

  • Zunda Mochi


    I bought zunda mochi (ずんだ餅) today.

    Zunda mochi is a rice cake made from mashed green soybeans and is one of the popular local delicacies in Miyagi Prefecture.

    The word mochi (餅) in zunda mochi means “rice cake,” but there are several theories about the etymology of zunda (ずんだ).
    「餅」は “rice cake” を意味しますが、「ずんだ」の語源には幾つかの説があります。

    The most accepted theory is that it comes from zuda (豆打), which means to crush beans.

    Other theories include one that says it comes from a farmer named jinta (甚太), who created zunda mochi.

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