The Prefecture of Longevity, Okinawa’s World-Class Healthy Sweetener- Kokuto (Brown Sugar)
When you visit Okinawa, you may notice that there are many sugarcane fields.
Peel the skin of harvested sugarcane and cut it in round slices, and now you have a delicious and sweet dessert for yourself.
Take a bite and the natural sugar will spread through your mouth.
Kokuto, which is a specialty of Okinawa, is a 100% natural health food product. It is made by hardening the juice squeezed from harvested sugarcane, which has been boiled over many hours.
Real Kokuto does not contain any artificial additives or coagulating agents.
Okinawa is known to make high quality brown sugar and came across its manufacturing method in the 17th century
Gima Shinjo, one of “The Five Great Men of Okinawa,” traveled to China and mastered the method of making this brown sugar. He spread the method after he came back to Okinawa and Kokuto has been a valuable product which has supported the Okinawan economy until this day.
Like ordinary white sugar, brown sugar also carries nutrients such as calcium, potassium, iron, and rich in vitamins and minerals.
It is good for dieting and teeth cleaning, and also known to have positive effects against heat exhaustion and eczema.
Kokuto is not just a sweetener, but also rich in nutrients and is said to have superior preventive medicinal qualities as an alkaline health food product.
Kokuto is used in Okinawan food on a regular basis, and we can agree why Okinawa is known as “The Prefecture of Longevity.”
Recommended Facilities where you can enjoy Brown Sugar
Okinawa-Kokutou (Brown Sugar Factory)
Okinawa-Kokuto offers a pleasurable and informative factory tour for free of charge. Learn how brown sugar is made, and you can even take a part in. (reservation required at least 5 days prior)
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Okashi Goten (Matsuo, Kokusai Street)
Only 3 minute walk from Kencho-mae monorail station. Cardinal castle that stands on Kokusai street will catch your eyes. Grab your souvenirs here for your family and friends! With red tile roof that stands out on the busy street, you can go back in the time of the Ryukyu dynasty. Original Beni-imo tarts are made in the l…