The Most Luxurious Fruits in Japan
Japan is known for some best quality fruits in the world. Joe Jitsukawa recently posted a video of him buying $1,000 worths luxurious fruits in Tokyo for his mom.
Many of those fruits are branded and sold at premium prices. Here are some examples:
Kyoho (Grapes): Kyoho grapes are a popular variety of grapes that were developed in Japan in 1918. They were made from a crossing of the European Vitis vinifera and the American Vitis labrusca. Their most striking particularity is their sheer size. A single grape usually weighs between 10g to 12g. In fact, the name in Japanese comes from a combination of the character for “gigantic” and “peak”.
Satonishiki (Cherries): Of the many types of cherries produced in Yamagata, the most popular is the Sato Nishiki. Accounting for about 70 percent of national production and popular abroad as well, Sato Nishiki cherries offer the trifecta of taste, aesthetic appeal and long shelf life.
Hokuto Ringo (Apples): The World’s heaviest apple as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records in 2005 is a Hokuto apple (1,849 grams), grown in Hirosaki city in Aomori prefecture. The Hokuto apple is a hybrid of the Fuji and Matsu apple breeds. It has pale yellow flesh with high sugar and excellent flavor.
Skyberry (Strawberries): In 2011, building on the Tochiotome strawberry, the Skyberry breed was introduced. Graced with a shining red hue, these strawberries are extremely large, with two-thirds weighing in at more than 25g. The fruit of 17 years of research, the Skyberry has a marvelous flavor, with a juicy and mellow texture melded with an uncompromising combination of sugar and sourness.
The following videos introduce some examples of the most “expensive” fruits in Japan:
Of-course, these fruits are not always available throughout the year.
However, if you’re visiting Tokyo and want to try the best quality fruits available, “Sembikiya” is the place to go. Sembikiya is the most famous luxurious-fruits chain in Tokyo, which has been around for over 120 years. There are multiple Sembikiya stores in Tokyo, but for example the one below in Ginza, you can eat in.
Sembikiya Ginza Honten (HQ) Fruit Parlor
Anyway, I hope you’ll get to try the best-quality fruits in Japan soon, not only Sushi and Ramen.