Kuro Otabe, Japan’s Black Sweetmeat

Kuro Otabe, Japan’s Black Sweetmeat
Black Sesame and a Touch of Charcoal

Kuro no Otabe, Japan's black sweetmeat made with black sesame seeds

Kuro no Otabe

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