Tateshina Beef

Every year, I spend a few days up in the mountains in Tateshina, Nagano prefecture, where we have a little old house. Old, because it was built the years before I was born. At 1300 meters altitude, surrounded by trees, it’s usually cooler up there. Known as the Shinshu region, they have great produce, all sorts of fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products. Good farmland, good cows, I guess. The beef from this region is tasty and this butcher in particular (in Chino city) has “Apple Beef,” which is beef from cows that have been fed apples ( I think…)

I enjoyed cooking and eating this rump steak, lean but flavorful and tender. There’s a lot of fuss about “Wagyu,” the marbled, fatty kind, but I prefer this type of wagyu and it doesn’t cost and arm and a leg…