Kenshô means Discover your Nature, Founded in 2015, by the marriage of Meri and Humbert, was born with the mission of creating a company that inspires through innovative & sustainable rice products
Inspired by the rice nature of the Ebro’s Delta, we were born with the aim of increasing the rice culture of that beautiful Natural Park, through new products rich in natural, healthy and sustainable umami (flavor). Thanks a fungus called koji, which ferments rice, we have managed to make pioneering products in Europe such as sake, miso, shio-koji, amazake or tamari.
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Ingredients – Mediterranean flavors
The use of local ingredients such as rice from the Ebro Delta allows our sake to be more adapted to the local palate. This is how we get the Mediterranean sake. Using these local and Mediterranean ingredients has given our sake a more wine-like profile, which is why some call it rice wine, which is much more adapted to the local palate, making it an ideal pairing drink.
Using rice from the Ebro Delta to make sake was more complicated than it seems, because nobody had done it before and we were told that with Delta rice you couldn’t make good sake. Luckily, we did not fail and we worked hard to find a variety of rice that met the characteristics that a variety of rice needs to make sake and luckily we found it, making Mediterranean sake possible.
An artisanal Mediterranean sake, rich in natural umami, adapted to the local palate and of course made with rice from the Park Natural of the Ebro’s Delta is our way of transferring our inspiration. With this we hope that Mediterranean sake is considered a local drink, which can be paired not only with Japanese food, and that of course contributes to expanding the cultural heritage of the PN of the Ebro Delta.
Maintain and increase local heritage
Our goal is to develop and maintain local heritage, both culturally, economically and environmentally. That is why our sake and miso are made in Can Kensho, a family farmhouse where all our products are made. This is located in L’Ampolla, within the Ebro Delta Natural Park. The PN of the Ebro Delta has a great biological wealth, but it is currently in regression, so it must be protected, which is why it has recently been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, as it is an example of a high value Mediterranean wetland biological to be protected.
Kenshô is an accredited information point for the Natural Park. Using a local variety of rice in the Delta helps maintain it, because an invasive variety puts the biological and economic wealth of the area at risk. In addition, due to the impact of globalization, indigenous rice varieties are being lost, which must be protected. The indigenous varieties of rice that are more respectful of the Ebro Delta ecosystem and also generate greater cultural, environmental and economic wealth.
Ebro Delta Natural Park
Using a variety of local rice is more important than it sounds. Because it helps conserve the Delta, because an invasive variety puts the biological and economic wealth of the area at risk. In addition, due to the impact of globalization, indigenous rice varieties are being lost, which must be protected. The indigenous varieties of rice that are more respectful of the Ebro Delta ecosystem and also generate greater cultural, environmental and economic wealth. The PN of the Ebro Delta has great biological wealth, which is currently in regression. It has recently been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, as it is an example of a Mediterranean wetland with a high biological value that must be protected. This delta is a geographical phenomenon located at the mouth of the Ebro river, in the province of Tarragona, which shapes one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Its main feature is its perfectly drawn “arrow” shape, which gains ground in the Mediterranean, entering about 22 km into the sea. After the famous Nile delta, in Egypt, and the Po delta, in Italy, the Ebro Delta is the third largest delta in the Mediterranean. Since 1983 it has been recognized as a Natural Park, and was recently named by UNESCO as part of the Tierras del Ebro Biosphere Reserve. These reserves have been chosen since 1971 to be designated specific and protected habitat areas, and are governed according to the precepts of sustainable development. Biosphere reserves aim to harmonize the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, and economic and social development through the relationship of people with nature.
Our products are made in Can Kensho, farmhouse of Meri’s grandparents, which has been converted to increase and maintain the local heritage, both culturally, economically and environmentally. The farmhouse is listed in the Generalitat’s farmhouse catalog and has been productive for more than 60 years. Orange, wine, cereals, etc. have been planted here. Now with the arrival of the new generation, Humbert and Meri, it is time for sake and Japanese ferments.
We have developed Kensho in this farmhouse because we are a company that respects traditions and wants to increase local heritage. We have called it Can Kensho, because Kan in Japanese means the space of and in Catalonia, Can, means the house of, something that we loved that it meant something so similar.
Meri & Humbert Founders Kenshô