Natto is a traditional Japanese food that is basically made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis var natto. It is typically a breakfast meal but can be eaten anytime and it is served with soy sauce, karashi mustard and Japanese bunching onion and usually served on a nice bowl of rice.
It is also a very acquired taste. It has a very strong, pungent smell and a slimy, stringy texture which makes it a food that you either love it or you hate it. Much like Marmite in New Zealand.
I have tried Natto a few times and I am really not a fan, the smell and texture don’t agree with my western taste buds but every Japanese person I know, my family included can’t get enough of the stuff. It is estimated that over 70% of the nation like natto, and even the people that don’t still eat it purely for the health benefits.
Natto is highly nutritious and rich in protein, Vitamin K2 and B2, Calcium, Iron and dietary fibre and is also gluten free with no preservatives so you can see why people who dislike the food still eat it.
When eaten with egg and rice the Japanese call it the perfect nutritious meal.
So try it…..you will either love it or hate it, but you will be healthy either way.