【Food】”Sato Nishiki” – Japanese popular cherry2015.05.28

Cherry season will be soon to come in Japan. You can enjoy cherry in only limited period – June and July. Two main types of cherries are distributed in Japan. One is domestic products such as “Sato Nishiki,” “Beni Shuhou,” “Takasago,” “Napoleon” etc. The other is U.S. imports that is called “American cherry.” There are thousands varieties of cherries in Japan. Among them, “Sato Nishiki” is one of the post popular cherries and produced the most in Japan.

What does “Sato Nishiki” mean? The name comes from a farmar “Eisuke Sato,”  the person who succeeded in cultivating the cherry. It named after his surname. “Sato Nishiki” is thought to be born in Yamagata prefecture, northern part of Japan by crossing of “Kidama” and “Napoleon” in early 20th century. Yamagata Prefecture accounts for 70% of Japan total cherry production. Fruity flesh is brilliantly ruby-red, soft, creamy white and has good balance of acidity and sweetness.
Taste picking is one of the popular activities to enjoy the seasonal taste in Japan. The locals and tourists taste strawberries, grapes, oranges, pears, peaches, melons, tomatoes, matsutake mushrooms, corns etc. Of course cherries are included!

Cherry farms across the country offer picking opportunities to visitors. The typical procedure is to charge to the visitors for a certain time period. The visitors can pick and enjoy the fruits on the spot as many as they can. The time allowed typically ranges from 30 to 60 minutes. There are various ways to take part in cherry picking. One convenient option is to join a day tour organized by a tour operator. Or, you can make the trip by themselves. Some farms require advance reservations.


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