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Stay healthy with quince fruits

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Japanese fruits

You can buy and eat a wide variety of fruits in Japan. Some of these fruits have been introduced from abroad and are recognizable to foreigners while others are native to Japan and not as well known outside of East Asia.

In the different seasons, the types of fruits available are varied and some have traditional uses in Japanese cuisine or seasonal events.

In this blog for Japanese learners, Miki Oosawa sensei introduces one such Japanese fruit. Please read the blog in Japanese with Kanji reading help and without. And listen to the Japanese in the video too.

Stay healthy with quince fruits










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Stay healthy with quince fruits

It's become November, and in Japan, it's getting gradually colder and colder. And you want to take care of catching a cold in this cold weather, right?

When you get a sore throat and cough, do you know a good way to cure it? In Japan, throat sweets are often used, but among them, 'Karin' (or quince in English) is quite famous. In the picture, you can see a Marmelo which is part of the quince family.

Karin' or quince is a fruit that is harvested in autumn between October and November, but it is very hard and astringent, so it cannot be eaten as it is. But it has a very nice smell so since long ago people have enjoyed its aroma and used it for medicinal purposes.

Quince fruit pickled in honey and mixed with hot water can be added to tea and drank. If you drink this, your sore throat and cough can be cured. You can also make it into jam and it is also delicious as an alcoholic drink.

I think there must be some traditional cure methods for colds in your country too. Let's stay healthy and not get defeated by colds.

かりん          quince

喉(のど)が痛(いた)い sore throat

咳(せき)が出(で)る     cough

硬(かた)い hard; solid; tough

渋(しぶ)い        astringent

いい匂(にお)い good smell; aromatic

薬用(やくよう) medicinal

漬(つ)ける pickle

蜂蜜(はちみつ) honey

お湯(ゆ)で割(わ)る mixed with hot water

伝統的(でんとうてき)な traditional


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