YASHIRO, Oct. 28 ― You can eat disposable chopsticks once you’re done with meals.
Farmers in Yashiro, Kumamoto prefecture have developed their rush, called igusa, the primary material in tatami, into pairs of “tatami-flavored” edible chopsticks.
A tatami is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.
The chopsticks are made from flour, sugar, eggs and igusa powder, which gives you a crunchy texture. A pack of five pairs of chopsticks are 1,930 yen and now available online.
The Yashiro farmers now hope to promote their locally grown rush at a time its demand for tatami rooms has been declining in Japan.