Saturday, March 20, 2010

strawberry love

I want to share with you two more strawberries that we've tried.

The other week, I walked past a yaoya (vegetable/fruit stand) in our shopping arcade and couldn't pass these up.

The sign said "asa-tori" which means "picked this morning". A container of this for 400 yen (about US$4).

I'm not sure of the variety but they were fresh, local and sweet.

I also wanted to show you Saga Honoka, from Saga prefecture in Kyushu. These berries are quite large and sweet.

Their mascot, or "image character" as the Japanese like to call them, is Licca-chan, who is (in my opinion) the Japanese Barbie.

Are you loving any fruits lately?


KirkK said...

That first photo of the strawberries looks really yummy..... I can almost smell them.

tofugirl said...

Yum! We still have a few months to go here before we can get local strawberries...but I am loving champagne mangoes lately! (Not local but oh, so delicious.)

Rowena said...

MotH is allergic to strawberries, so when I buy, I end up freezing half the crate. I suppose I could buy less, but when you see that whole flat of beautiful, red, ripe hard to resist. So far the only fruits I've been eating alot are clementine and kiwi. Beef up the immune system.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, I'm hoping for "smell-o-vision" for the computer soon :)

Never heard of champagne mangoes Tofugirl, but I'm sure with "champagne" in the name, it must be delicious :)

That is too bad about MotH, more for you Rowena :p

Take care everyone!

jalna said...

"Asa-tori" - I just love the Japanese language. Some of the words are so descriptive and not quite the same in translation.

K and S said...

I know Jalna, sometimes I make mistakes :p

Take care.

elcynthia 엘신티아 said...

are strawberries supposed to be sweet? how sweet actually? those we bought (locally grown I think) here in Malaysia were all sour. very very sour so now we never buy them. the only sweet ones were the canned strawberries for me to use in baking and such (which of course along with the heavily sugared syrup).

Deb in Hawaii said...

You are making me crave strawberries right now--Yum! ;-)

K and S said...

The perfectly ripened ones are really sweet Elcynthia, almost like eating sugar. I've never heard of canned strawberries, sorry to hear your experiences in Malayasia were so bad!

Hope you get a chance to eat some soon Debinhawaii :)

Take care you two.

Amy said...

Those strawberries look absolutely delicious Kat! I'm quite jealous. We don't get a lot of nice fresh fruit here in Barbados, most of our stuff is imported so they look and taste awful by the time we buy them =( As a result, I don't eat much fruit even though I love them so much =(

I wish I had some of those amazingly sweet strawberries right now!

Suze said...

You know, when I read "asa tori", I thought morning bird, no that can't be right. lol. Anyway, those strawberries look really good. I hope you enjoyed them. (^o^)

K and S said...

Sorry to hear you don't get to have fresh fruit too often Miori. I hope you get a chance to have some sweet strawberries soon :)

True Suze, "asa tori" could mean morning bird :)

Take care you two.