Kuro Otabe, Japan’s Black Sweetmeat
Black Sesame and a Touch of Charcoal
For a couple hundred years, Japanese people have been enjoying a traditional sweet called Otabe, made in Kyoto.
The name Otabe means “Please Eat.”
Otabe originated in the Edo period, when a local merchant named Yatsuhashi Genpyo — who hated waste — started making a sweetmeat using Sugar and Cinnamon to use up leftover bits of Rice. Continue reading