Buying Organic Foods Online in Japan by Lee Yen Anderson & Maddy Pannell
We have found that when trying to buy great, organic and high quality produce in Japan, using the internet as a resource helps provide a much larger array of great products then just relying on the various organic stores in Japan. We have included our favorite online and delivery stores for finding great quality organic veggies and fruits, meat and also more general pantry items.
Buying Organic Foods Online in Japan
SuperOrganic Foods (SOF) – www.super-organic.jp – We love this fantastic company, which supplies produce of the highest organic standard in Japan. SOF provide weekly or fortnightly veggie boxes. They have a standard box where produce changes with the season, but what is great about SOF is that they give you the option to swap veggies and add extras if you would like. The boxes come in small, medium or large and they also sell organic brown rice, organic pork sausages and lovely organic, free-range eggs. They also communicate in English which is very helpful!
Best for: Veggies of the highest quality you can find in Japan adhering to “beyond organic” standards, plus their lovely eggs!
Bio Marche – www.biomarche.jp (give them a call and they can speak to you in English) – Bio Marche provides organic vegetables and fruits (including fresh organic blueberries), organic eggs, and great organic chickens. They can communicate in English and also offer options for weekly delivery of some items like organic bananas, organic milk and organic natto.
Best for: Their organic chicken wings are great for making bone broth. Online ordering is quick and easy using the catalog that they send to you.
Radish Bo-ya – www.radishbo-ya.co.jp/shop/ (Google translation helps with the online ordering) – Radish Bo-ya lists its fruits and vegetables as either organic or low-pesticide, and also has a small selection of allergen-free items. It also has organic strawberries which are difficult to come by in Japan! For an occasional allergen-free treat, we love the sweet potato paste or pumpkin donuts. A good source of quinoa miso, allergen-free okonomiyaki flour and even gnocchi made with rice flour and pumpkin. Radish Bo-ya has a selection of good quality meats; our favorite is the 100% grass-fed beef from Tasmania.
Best for: Allergen-free food, good quality meats and organic fruits
iherb – www.iherb.com – iHerb is a fantastic online resource for so many items. You can buy nuts and seeds (although some will not deliver to Japan), healthy raw snacks, supplements, beauty products and many more items. There are numerous organic options and you are able to click on photos to see the ingredients list of nearly all the products. Delivery is relatively quick and very cheap, free if you order over a certain amount. You will automatically get a 10% discount off your first purchase if you use this code RFL526 in checkout.
Best for: Organic nut butters, organic green powders and their dried organic herbs.
NewZee – www.newzee.jp/en/ – NewZee is a fantastic company providing 100% grass-fed beef and lamb from New Zealand. Their produce is free from pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics and hormones, and is BSE-free and halal. Their lamb shanks are great for making bone broth.
Best for: Delicious New Zealand 100% grass-fed lamb.
Other sources of good quality foods for home delivery in Japan that the authors have had experience with or have had positive recommendations about are:
http://www.shigakajiwaranouen.jp/ (seasonal organic vegetables delivery, June to January)
http://suirin-naturalfarm.com/shopping/shopping.html (seasonal organic vegetables delivery, June to December)
http://www.on-the-slope.com/english – This supplier of seasonal organic vegetables gives a real focus on supporting organic farmers and helping build distribution networks of organic produce. They have an English website for ordering veggies which is great.
Maddy Pannell is a certified Health Coach who offers one-on-one coaching sessions to help her clients integrate healthier choices into their lives in a way that is enjoyable, practical and long lasting. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting edge health coach training programme, focusing on holistic nutrition, practical lifestyle management techniques, and preventative health. You can connect with Maddy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maddyphealthcoaching.
Lee Yen Anderson is Certified Nutrition Consultant who strives to achieve balance everyday. She holds regular classes and workshops on a variety of nutrition topics as well as on how to use essential oils for health. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle emerged as a result of the need to address multiple food allergies in her family. Using her skills from a graduate degree in International Environmental Policy and her former career in Investment Analysis, she reads intensively on the topic of nutrition, both as a political issue and a health issue. Connect with Lee Yen Anderson here: https://www.facebook.com/eatwellbewellwithLeeYen
Buying Organic Foods Online in Japan
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