The Omi Beef brand is the oldest in Japan, meaning “The Cattle of the Lake.” These cattle are raised by the shores of the largest freshwater lake in Japan, “the Mother Lake,” Lake Biwa into which 400 rivers flow. Omi beef has a history that dates back more than 400 years, as it was served by the Shogun to his warlords, making it known as “Emperor’s Beef.” During the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when it became legal to consume beef again in Japan, much of what shipped as Kobe beef was actually Omi Beef.
The cattle are fed on some of the best rice in Japan that grows on the land surrounding the lake, the vast majority of which is farmed organically. Its critical importance to the city of Kyoto ensures that the Shiga Prefecture has the tightest environmental restrictions in the country. An ideal place to raise cattle, the environment here stands above the rest.
Weight: 13-15 oz
Lineage: Japanese Black (黒毛和種, Kuroge Washu)
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