Kanro Puchi Pori: Popular Freeze-Dried Natto Bean Snack
“Natto (納豆)” are fermented soybeans packed with nutrients which originated in Japan. Although the Japanese food is famous as a superfood, due to its stinky odor and slimy consistency, many people can’t eat it.
Nonetheless, even if you hate the fermented soy food, there is a good way to consume Natto and take in the nutrition.
Have you ever heard that there are Natto snacks with no sliminess? As you may know, dried Natto is just that type and “Hoshi Natto (干し納豆)” is the quintessential example of such Natto snacks.
Hoshi Natto are dried fermented soybeans known as a specialty of Mito, Ibaragi Prefecture, while what I bought today is a popular freeze-dried Natto snack widely available in Japan.
Kanro Puchi Pori Dried Natto Snack
The Japanese dried Natto snack I introduce here, “Puchi Pori Natto Snack (プチポリ納豆スナック)” was introduced by Kanro several years ago and now has gained wide popularity in Japan, and is available at supermarkets and convenience stores around the country.
The package contains these freeze-dried Natto beans that aren’t slimy at all, though they still have the characteristic smell of Natto.
Since the soy snack is freeze-dried and flavored mainly with soy sauce, these soybeans are really savory and very easy to eat compared to usual sticky Natto beans.
These freeze-dried Natto have a nice crispy bite, but when you crunch these beans for a while, they become slightly sticky.
Nevertheless, one primary reason why I recommend this snack is that Natto bacteria are still alive even in the dry beans.
Hence, with this healthy Japanese snack, you can easily take in the nutrients of Natto, including Nattokinase and soy isoflavone, without feeling unpleasant.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Kanro Dried Natto Snack mainly consists of Natto (Non-GMO soybeans and Natto bacteria), soy sauce powder, wheat, salt, cornstarch, dextrin, mackerel, and amino acids.
Based on the nutrition facts, the Japanese soy snack has 95 kcal per one pack (20 g) and contains 0.5 g salt equivalents.