Have you tried hand-picking fresh fruit in Japan?
Japan offers a bounty of fresh fruit all year round. Aside from admiring flowers fall, the Japanese are also into hand-picking fresh fruit in the garden and enjoying it at the spot. This activity attracts not only families with young kids and abroad students during vacations or in the weekend, but also a large number of tourists. What makes fresh fruit in Japan so irresistible? Let's find out.
Hand-pick and eating fresh fruit right in the garden
Farmers here strictly comply with the Government's regulations on food safety, so you don't have to worry about pesticide residue or growth-promoting chemicals.
That explains why people in Japan, from the elderly to young children are enchanted by orchards here. What could be more fun than picking fresh fruit and eating it in the garden? ^^
Scientific planting methods, along with love embedded to daily care
As a leading agricultural country in the world, Japan is known to be the inventor of advanced methods and technologies to produce the best fruit, for example, growing fruit in a greenhouse or bending branches horizontally, creating a hanging shelf for all the fruits to be exposed to sunlight.
High technology has put Japanese fruits on the map. In addition to that, the Japanese farmers are also renowned for their motto, which is "Give it a smile, it will smile back to you". They regard inanimate trees as their friends and the fruit as their children whom they wholeheartedly care about.
Considering fruit as treasure
You must have heard of "fruit auction" in Japan. In the most recent auction, more than 43,700 USD has been paid for... two cantaloupes.
Or you can see how meticulously the farmers arrange fruits in baskets before putting them to the market. They must have put so much love into each basket.
Must-try fruits in Japan
Strawberry: Strawberries are very popular in Japan. There are two types of strawberries here, white (pineberry) and red. Strawberry season often falls between December and August (depending on different places). Some of the most famous destinations for this fruit are Yamanashi and Gunma.
Pear: There are varieties of pears that have been improved and grown in Japan, the largest pears have many varieties that have been improved and grown in Japan. Tottori prefecture is home to the largest pear production in the country. Pears picked in the garden are very big, round-shaped, juicy, and taste absolutely sweet. When you travel here, remember to save some room in your stomach to taste all kinds of pears here ^^
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupes are grown in greenhouses. There are various types of cantaloupes. This fruit is almost considered a product for only wealthy families. In some regions such as Wakayama, farmers often engrave meaningful words on cantaloupes' skin as a way to wish for luck and happiness for consumers. In Japan, some special cantaloupes are also put up for auctions.
Apple: Apple is a popular kind of fruit not only because of its delicious taste but also the benefits it brings to people's health. Apples are grown in almost every locality in Japan, but the best ones are planted in Aomori Prefecture, which is home to the largest apple production in the land of the rising sun.
Grape: Grapes are also among the fruits of wealthy families in Japan. There are a number of kinds here, such as green grapes, black grapes and purple grape, most of which are seedless. I guess it's not necessary for me to tell you how tasty Japanese grapes are as they have cemented their position in the world's agricultural market.
Cherry: Japanese cherries are different from other parts of the world. They have a bright red colour with a tinge of yellow. Needless to say, they are very crunchy, succulent and sweet. The best cherries can be found in Yamanashi and Hokkaido ^^
Peach: I'm sure no one can resist the enchantments of these peaches, right? You can throw yourself in a journey of hand-picking peaches in Yamanashi or Aomori ^^.
Japanese fruits are quite expensive, yet it's absolutely worth it. For a tree to be well grown, it depends greatly on natural factors, however, it is the high technology and the heart of the nurturers that matter the most. The farmers here always value the quality of the products over their personal interests, which is certainly priceless.
If you have the opportunity to visit Japan, do not miss out on a visit to the orchards and enjoy the fresh fruit here since this is a chance for you to experience the local culture.
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