Mariko Kihira

MarikoMariko is the owner of maru communicate. She is based in Japan. She is researching and writing technical articles about current developments in the Japanese potato industry. Her company is also actively involved with other agricultural companies and offer support as to the introduction and dissemination of innovative agricultural technologies.

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Articles published on Potato News Today

The potato croquette that is taking Japan by storm
“Korokke” (potato croquette) is a rather common home cooked dish in Japan. Mashed potatoes form the base ingredient of the croquet, and after minced meat and cooked or caramelized onions are added, it is formed into an oval shape, battered with flour, egg and breadcrumbs and then deep fried. One brand of the croquet that is nowadays becoming very popular in Japan, is the ‘Mishima Croquet’, made from the Mishima Breisho (Breisho translates to potato in Japanese).
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New Japanese crisps MarikoJapan: New crisp lines launched from Calbee Potato’s own potato variety
Calbee Inc. has launched a new crisp line from a potato variety bred and cultivated by contracted farmers of Calbee Potato Inc. (a company that distributes potatoes, provides agronomy advice to its contracted growers, and also trades and processes some of its potatoes as crisps). Independently from Calbee Inc., it bred its own variety ‘Poroshiri’ for crisp processing for more than 10 years.
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