Japanese Fruit

Sophie from Sophie’s Japan Blog is back once again with a rather cute post about Japanese Fruit.

Anyone who has been to Japan before will testify how amazing and, in most cases, huge the fruit is. On top of that, it’s delicious and doesn’t compare to anything bought in your local UK supermarket.

This week, I’ll be showcasing some of Japan’s greatest fruits and even throwing the hiragana in. That way, if you go to a Japanese market, you can read the signs and feel really proud of yourself (well, I certainly did when I last went). It is also important to realise that fruit is commonly given as a gift over there, which will be useful knowledge if you’re ever someone’s guest.

Momo もも

Momo means ‘peach’ and, whilst they are usually imported overseas, are typically available in Japan at a limited time of the year.

Peaches are seasonal in Japan and are generally sold in the summer time, with hakuto considered to be the sweetest and most delicious. I’m not sure if it’s the soil or the weather or something else but, for whatever reason, Japan’s peaches are huge! When I was at a station stocking up on healthy fruit on holiday, the lovely lady actually gave me a peach for free. As you can see in the picture above, it came in a little polystyrene basket and sat perfectly in your palm!

Melon めろん

Melons are by far the most expensive fruit in Japan and can sell for more than the equivalent of £200 each.

It is commonly given as a gift when visiting someone in hospital. The finest and therefore priciest melon is the musk melon, which is exclusive to Japan, but you can still eat it on a budget if you settle for a prince melon at 500 yen.

To read the rest of this article and see more cute fruit, head on over to Sophie’s Japan Blog for the full post!

Words: Sophie’s Japan Blog
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