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    Have you considered offering a variety of small soybeans for making natto?

    #5634 Reply

    Sheridan Kennedy

    Hi Peggy,

    there’s not a great calling for natto in Australia and so we’ve not been asked for small size soybeans. We would need to know there’s a market demand before we got our farmers to grow a crop. Do you know if the soy beans required are a different variety to other soybeans? And why do they have to be small – why can’t you use standard soy beans?


    #5760 Reply


    I came to find this topic when I was looking for small soybeans for natto. We can still make natto with regular sized soybeans however small sizes soybeans taste much better and commercial natto is mostly made with small soybeans. I have many friends who have been looking for small soybeans for natto. Please consider to supply them!

    #5762 Reply

    Sheridan Kennedy

    Hi Meg, thanks for letting us know. I’ll look into the small soybeans in more detail. So far I’ve not been able to work out if they’re a different species. Can you buy Australian grown small soybeans?

    #5764 Reply


    Hello, Sheridan. Thank you for reply. I have been trying to find one at store but all soybeans I found were bigger size than I wanted. Then I tried to find stockists or supplier who would be able to supply small batch but the only supplier I found was asking for minimum order to be 150kg. I don’t think I can find friends who can consume that much with me…
    I went to search about difference between big soybean and small soybean. Apparently they are same species and harvest times are same, too. They are just big or small (like strawberries). As we should choose right size of soybeans for its use, they get sifted and divided into big size, medium size, small size and very small size (at least in Japan). For natto use, small and very small size are popular.

    #5846 Reply

    Sheridan Kennedy

    Hi Meg

    that’s very helpful. I will have a chat to the miller about how we grade our soybeans. There’s probably not enough of a demand to product retail packaging (the 500g size) but perhaps we could do larger bulk sizing. It’s worth looking into. Do you know “foodritual” on Instagram? He uses our normal size soy beans for his natto and tells me that the size of the beans doesn’t matter. Also, if you’re on Facebook check out “The Brew Life” facebook group where they discuss fermenting of all things.

    #5887 Reply


    It’s interesting that there are people looking for small soybeans, too. I have been using normal size soybeans to make natto. The taste is bad as the taste and smell is too strong. It is good for people who like this smell, but not everyone. This is why the small soybeans are popular for making natto.

    #5912 Reply

    Egbert Halderman

    Hi Meg,
    Can you give me the supplier with the minimum order 150kg.
    I have been searching a long time to find a supplier for small soybeans.

    #6596 Reply


    Yep, interest is growing in Oz with ferment culture. How does demand get started of not available? Catch 22

    #6597 Reply


    Yep, interest is growing in Oz with ferment culture. How does demand get started if not available? Catch 22 Same with high end rice cookers….

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