Tango Mai (Tango Koshihikari Rice)
Tango-produced “Koshihikari” rice has won the highest rank of the National Grain Testing Association Rice Taste Value "Toku A", and in recent years has won "Toku A" for the 10th time in total. In the last five years it has also won “special A” ("A rank" in 2011) four times, and broke the record for the largest number of records in western Japan. (As of February 2012) Specially grown rice such as "Glass of Heaven" and "Take Tan rice" are also being produced.
Fruits of Kyotango
Kyotango Nashi (Japanese pear)
"Kyotango Nashi", is a Japanese pear, it is very round and resembles an apple. It has a sweet and refreshing taste and comes into season in September. This popular pear is the only fruit to be branded a “Kyoto brand product”. It is reputed for having high sugar content and for its high quality. New varieties of “Gold Nijyu Seiki (Gold 20 Century)” type pear can only be called “Kyotango Nashi” if they have sufficiently high sugar content. Nashi are picked in September.
Kyotango produces the most melons in Kyoto prefecture. Cultivation of melons is assisted by using the topography of Kyotango to take advantage of the sand dunes that spread along the sea. The dunes are perfect for producing melons with sweet and juicy flesh. The better shaped and sweeter ones, especially the higher quality melons, sport the brand-names of the dunes where they were grown, “Kotohiki Melon”, “Kumihama Sunahime Melon”, and “Yuhigaura Melon”.
The grapes are bathed in Tango’s summer sunshine, and are grown in the nutrient rich natural and hilly terrain. The ”fujiminori” and "pione” grapes are large with a high sugar content, while the muscat and delaware are more acidic and heavier. There are many more types of grapes grown in Kyotango. Grapes come into season from late August to October.
Peaches are sold at road side shops all along Kyotango's coast. People say that seeing the peaches being sold is a sign that summer has arrived. The sea breeze from the Sea of Japan and the rich topography of the land help to grow delicious peaches packed full of sweetness. White peaches are very sweet and have soft flesh, while pink peaches have low acidity and lots of juice. The harvest season for each kind of peach varies from year to year. The average peach season is from mid-July to August.Peach picking activity