New and fresh Japanese apples


Nature’s presents. Delicious Autumn fruits and other produce are overflowing. Well, they are natural to a point. You wouldn’t be impressed by wild apples that are randomly sweet, irregular and tiny like walnuts. The big juicy pretty fruits are the results of centuries of cultivations, grafts, crossings. Japan is very recent in the game as apple cultivation started seriously only from the 1920’s with a few imported trees. But they have really done great in the last decades, particularly for table apple (to eat raw, not cooking apples). These two have been created in the 1990’s.

This apple is 秋映 akibae (reflection of Autumn) from Nagano. The skin is incredibly dark red. It’s quite unusual and a bit pricey.

These are 黄王 kiou (yellow king). They are more common.

Maybe there are puns included in the names as kiou is homonym with “chess king” and akibae can mean phonetically “in direction of Akihabara”, the computer/electronic shop town inside Tokyo. So the red ones are people that play chess, and the yellow ones for nerds ?

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