Produced in Nomi and Komatsu cities, this season’s market for Kaga Maruimo (Japanese yam) began on November 22. At the Kanazawa Central Wholesale Market (” 金沢市中央卸売市場 “), the highest grade, marked as “PREMIUM”, of a box of 2 Kaga Maruimo (weighing at a total of 1.2 kilograms) ¥20,000. Matsusaki, a hot spring ryokan located in Tatsunokuchi Town in Nomi City, was the successful bidder, as well as last year.
“PREMIUM” is classified by several factors; it is chosen within the large-size category, weigh between 450 and 600 grams, and be exceptional in its roundness, marked with “extraordinary excellence” (“特秀”). The Minami-Kaga Maruimo Production Council (“南加賀地区生産協議会”) expects to ship approximately 100 tonnes of Kaga Maruimo, as was last year. 2% to 3% of the yield will be graded as “PREMIUM”.