By thomas | February 10, 2008
One of my favorite things to do in Japan is go to the grocery store and try all the random fruits that aren’t available back home. One such fruit, that I really enjoy, is called the hassaku (はっさく).
The hassaku fruit looks like a big orange, or maybe a grapefruit. It is harvested in December, so a good time to look for it in the stores is during winter. They are on the lower end of the Japanese fruit price spectrum, averaging somewhere about 100 yen a pop.
The hassaku has a much different flavor than an orange. The fruit is tart and sweet, almost sour. Biting into the hassaku fruit is a pleasure, because the juice “pops” into your mouth. The Japanese eat it like an orange, just peeling it and tearing sections off, but I find that the rind (or whatever you call that white stuff that sticks to the fruit after you take the skin off) is much too bitter for my tastes. It ruins the experience. I prefer to eat it like a grapefruit, cutting it in half and getting to the good parts with a spoon.
Whichever way you eat it, I recommend giving it a try. I love Hassaku and have eaten about 10 of them since the New Year.
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