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Blog posts tagged 'Wagyu Olympics':


Kobe Beef: Japan's Iconic Wagyu

July 2nd by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,012 times • 1 min read

Kobe Beef is iconic. You could visit the Medina of Fez, a pool hall in Kiev or a village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and ask almost anyone — and they would tell you they’ve heard of Kobe Beef. There are few things in the culinary world as highly regarded or as rare. It’s scarcity has contributed to its overall aura. Only a relatively small group of farmers and processors in Hyogo Prefecture are qualified to raise it, and each calf...

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Iwate Wagyu: Japan’s Most Award-Winning Wagyu

September 20th, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,345 times • 1 min read

Crowd Cow is proud to bring you Japan's most award-winning Wagyu to America for the first time for sale online: Iwate Wagyu. In Japan, there are hundreds of locally-produced varietals of Japanese Wagyu. And like wine regions in Europe, each have their own unique characteristics, histories and flavor profiles influenced by how the animals are raised, what they eat and the terroir. Don’t believe me? Consider only that the humble cow is much...

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Olive Wagyu: Bold Umami Flavor and Healthy Fats

March 28th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 6,817 times • 1 min read

If you’re a true steakophile, you might have heard of Kobe beef. But even if you’re extremely in the know when it comes to exquisite steak, you’ve probably never heard of Olive Wagyu. It’s a small-batch variety of steak produced only in the far reaches of Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture, and raised on a diet of caramelized pressed olives. It takes the insane marbling of Japanese beef, delivers even higher-than-normal levels of healthy...

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Japan Holds a “Best Beef Olympics” Every Five Years - Guess who won this year?

November 7th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 23,183 times • 1 min read

It's the Olympic Games you've never heard of. Since 1966, Japan's beef industry has held a nationwide competition every five years to crown the best beef in the country. It's called Zenkoku Wagyu Noryku Kyoshin-kai (全国和牛能力共進会) but it's known also as "The Wagyu Olympics." There are 11 prize categories, one of the more interesting of which measures the quality of the fats (looking for things like the health-promoting and umami-generating oleic...

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