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A new herbal culture for the next generation

2021.4.30

Food is the greatest pleasure that remains until just before death

Eating is the greatest pleasure for everyone until just before they die. Food is something that everyone has in common.

That's what he says, a table researcher who works on traditional tea using domestic herbs. tabel Rie Nitta, the representative of ".

The Chinese character "food" is written as "to improve people", but on the other hand, if you make a mistake, it can be a weapon.

Mr. Nitta, a registered dietitian and an international medicinal cook. My parents' house runs a bakery in the market in Osaka, and there are many greengrocers and fish stores around it, and I grew up in an environment where ingredients are familiar from an early age.

However, when he was a student, his father suddenly collapsed due to diabetes, and immediately after that, a friend confessed that he had anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

"My favorite food is something that afflicts my loved ones ..."

Mr. Nitta said that this changed his awareness of food and majored in nutrition at university.

However, while studying nutrition, he felt that he had overlooked something really important. Each person's constitution is different, and the condition of the day is also different. Is it okay to use the same nutrition and menu even though my age, gender, physique and health are different? He said he wanted to know the essence of a healthy dining table and find a diet that would improve each person.

While exploring various approaches to food, a medicinal food class that was held only once at the university. While understanding the circulation and harmony of the body, he devoted himself to studying medicinal food, saying, "Medicinal food is interesting!" And while practicing, he faced a certain reality.

Impressive herbal tea that can only be found in that area

In fact, in Japan, it is necessary for medicinal foods such as jujube and chrysanthemum tea. Hard to get medicinal ingredients Let alone Domestic products are difficult to obtain. About 80 to 90% of the crude drugs used in Japan are imported products. It is said that.

It's not that imported products are bad, but if possible, I would like to know the cultivation method and producer information such as "who makes it where" and talk about it with confidence.

With that in mind, Mr. Nitta said that he first visited farmers in various parts of Japan with a focus on interest, asking, "Is there really a medicinal herb in Japan?" At that time, he never dreamed of starting a business, but Medicinal herbs from all over the world rooted in the Japanese climate Each is Mr. Nitta's It had a deliciousness that exceeded expectations and a unique power. It's called.

Tea leaves of Glechoma grandis and Coix seeds

Among them, the "Hasu no Chaba" that I met in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture, had a milder and gentler sweetness than any other Hasu tea I had ever drank, and I was so impressed that I lost my words the moment I drank it. Says.

Even if it is made in other areas, it is difficult to produce the same taste, so it was an event that made me feel the rarity and preciousness that can only be found in that area, and realized the new charm of herbal tea.

Hasu leaf tea

A sustainable relationship between nature and farmers

It is important that Mr. Nitta works with farmers all over the country because of such encounters. Respect the culture of the other person.

Even in a village that says, "There is nothing in our village," you can find the charm that is unique to that area from the plants in that area.

There are some medicinal herbs that live only in that area, and I am very happy to hear the voice of the locals saying, "I am happy to find the new charm that our town can be proud of" through tea.

Mr. Nitta, who speaks so kindly, shows a good relationship with the farmers.

And above all, respecting the blessings of nature, rather than a sense of speed Working with nature and farmers on a reasonable scale It is said that the emphasis is on.

That is the pace of compassion that Mr. Nitta thinks.

If you take too much, you won't be able to get it again next year, so I want to value the pace with nature and have a sustainable relationship with both plants and farmers.

Ishigaki Island visited by Mr. Nitta

"Harmony rather than correctness" Bringing a new herbal culture closer to you

When you hear the word "herb", many people may think that it is traditional, difficult, and distant. However, what Mr. Nitta values is to the last. In modern times A friendly herbal culture.

We value harmony rather than correctness, and want to convey a new and friendly herbal culture in a way that we can enjoy.

In 2018, we opened an online course called "Medicinal Herbs University NORM" to spread the opportunity to learn about medicinal herbs to the younger generation. It is said that there are inquiries from overseas such as Malaysia, and I cannot help feeling the signs of a new herbal culture in Japan.

And from this spring, Mr. Nitta will learn about dietary health again at graduate school.

In the finite diet of life, I want to increase the number of dining tables that improve people as much as possible.

Mr. Nitta's quest for "food" that improves people is endless.