What is Natto?

If you’re here, you’ve probably already run into natto at least once. I seem to be among the few American fans of Japanese fermented soybeans, and that was one reason I created this blog. Most of the information I could find in English about natto involved how disgusting Westerners think it is. Granted, my first…

Natto History

Legend maintains that natto was first discovered by soldiers on campaign in northeastern Japan about 1000 years ago. Rather than leave a pot of cooked soybeans behind when they needed to break camp on short notice, the beans were packed into straw baskets. When the bags were opened a few days later, the beans had…