Let’s Talk Food: Shinshu soba of Nagano

Dried soba from Nagano. (Audrey Wilson/Courtesy photo)

Soba in Nagano. (Audrey Wilson/Courtesy photo)

Shinshu soba is from Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Shinshu soba’s name comes from Shimano, which is the old name of Nagano Prefecture. What makes this soba so distinctive is the great temperature difference between the day and night and the well-drained mountain fields, which are suitable for the production of buckwheat. The taste of buckwheat flour is delicious because of the cold climates.