New special local product Mozuku Jelly from Ie

New special local product <em>Mozuku</em> Jelly from Ie

Mayor Katsumasa Oshiro and Ryuichi Hachimae president of the Association promoted Iejima Mozuku Jelly on October 31 at the Ie Village Office.

November 18, 2012 Yukito Kinjo of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Fisheries Cooperative Association of Ie has created Iejima Mozuku Jelly containing fucoidan essence. On October 31, in order to promote the product, Ryuichi Hachimae, the president of the Association, visited Mayor Katsumasa Oshiro at the Ie Municipal Office.

The Fisheries Cooperative Association has been working since last year to develop a health-promoting jelly as a product that can help sustain the demand for mozuku harvested in the village. This March, they offered samples at three local schools and received positive feedback from the students.

Hachimae said, “By a process of trial and error, we have developed an easy-to-eat food product containing fucoidan and fiber.” After tasting a sample, Mayor Oshiro said, “It has a pineapple flavor and is just the right size. It is made to be enjoyed by all ages from kids to older people.” Samples were offered to students at three schools on November 1.   

A bag of ten cups of Mozuku Jelly sells for 360 yen. Part of the revenue will be donated to the Village Youth Educational Activity Fund and used to support art activities.

The Association and the Ie-jima Products Center in Ie Port have marketed and sold the jelly from November 1. On November 10, it was available at the Village Industry Festival and Remote Islands Fair.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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