Thursday, April 17, 2008
Strawberries from Kansai, Japan
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Well, I absolutely love strawberries and I must have them after dinner every night without fail. I like how they leave a tinge of freshness and sweetness in my mouth. Therefore, there's always this constant supply of USA strawberries in the fridge.

I was hence so pleased to wake up this morning to see this huge carton of strawberries that flew in from Kansai, Japan sitting on the dining table:

Although I'm taking Japanese 5/Business Japanese next semester, I had no idea what "さちのか" means. Therefore, I tried Googling it with "JA徳島市" and I was so happy it led me to the website of the company/farm that grows these strawberries.

After reading through the website, I finally got a clear idea about these strawberries. They originated from 徳島県 (Tokushima Prefecture), a prefecture of Japan located on 四国 (Shikoku Island).

品種は「さちのか」を中心に栽培されています。("さちのか" is actually a particular brand/kind/type of strawberries and they emphasize on the cultivation of this kind of strawberries in Tokushima Prefecture.)

From the website, I also learnt that these strawberries are grown with some kind of new agricultural technology and each and every single strawberry must be manually checked carefully (as they place alot of importance on quality control) before they are all packaged and put into the carton to get ready for shipping.

It was a fairly big carton and within it, there are four separate packets of strawberries. My mom told me that this whole carton was brought back from Japan by my sister's pilot boyfriend and a box like that costs SGD35. I don't know if that's considered pricey: SGD8.75 for each packet. I've seen those (expensive) Korean strawberries (I heard they are supposed to be quite sweet too!) being sold in Singapore's NTUC but never have I tried them because I was always satisfied with those Naturipe Farms or Driscoll's ones my mom always gets. These two are my favourite brands for strawberries as they are always sweet and juicy.

Well, back to these strawberries that are flown in from Japan. Here's how a packet looks like:

I didn't think there are that many strawberries in each packet so I guess it is quite expensive. And look at how red they are:

I washed up in the shortest time (ever) so that I could quickly finish my breakfast and start feasting on the strawberries. And true enough, these lengendary strawberries (they're famed throughout the whole of Japan) live up to it's name. They are really sweet and the kind of sweetness I tasted was different from the sweetness of those USA strawberries that I normally consume. These are more sugary kind of sweet and they are also slightly mushy, unlike those from USA that taste firmer. I had three at one go and I was totally blown away.

甘くておいしい!! (Sweet and delicious!!)

I saw these Japanese words from the website and I found that they are the perfect description for these strawberries.

Now, I'm wishing that I would be able to have a constant supply of these さちのか strawberries. If only Singapore imports them too!
posted by An Economist Baker at 9:35 PM -
8 Comments:
  • At April 20, 2008 at 6:02 PM, Blogger brad said…

    wow! the strawberries are really big and looks juicy! hahaha!

    regards
    brad, ladyironchef

     
  • At April 20, 2008 at 9:22 PM, Blogger An Economist Baker said…

    They really are super juicy! And very very sweet. Those we can find in Singapore tend to be slightly firmer and thus doesn't taste as juicy.

     
  • At April 22, 2008 at 9:48 AM, Blogger jiaying said…

    i LOVE strawberries too!

    they are my favourite fruit! (:

    but kind of expensive for me to indulge on a daily basis..

     
  • At April 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM, Blogger An Economist Baker said…

    jiaying,

    I've always liked strawberries since I was young and it seems like a kind of habit for me to always have them after dinner! And I'm especially picky too because I can't eat those sour and non-sweet ones. Hehe. If you like them too, then you should try those from Naturipe Farms. They're really good! :)

     
  • At April 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM, Blogger zee said…

    I've been on a hunt for strawberries as of late, and nothing in the stores can compare to how red these Jap ones look! Gorgeous.

    - http://ovenhaven.wordpress.com -

     
  • At April 22, 2008 at 5:07 PM, Blogger An Economist Baker said…

    zee,

    These strawberries are really beautiful and delicious. For something close, you should really try those from Naturipe Farms that are available in NTUC. They are red (most of the time) and sweet. :)

     
  • At April 25, 2008 at 11:58 PM, Blogger zhengning said…

    Wow these strawberries looks yummy! Ha, i love straweberriessss, actually cos it's red in colour.
    Red's my fave colour, haha and true enough, i love apples, tomatoes and watermelon too!

     
  • At April 28, 2008 at 2:21 PM, Blogger An Economist Baker said…

    zhengning,

    I love red too. :) Strawberries are really one of my favourite fruits. But it's not very easy to find good quality ones in Singapore unless we go to the higher-end supermarkets which tend to be slightly far. :(

     
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