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Apples in Japan

Apple cultivation in Japan started in the pre-war Meiji period. The fruit has become one of the most popular fruits in the country and Japan has developed some of its own varieties. Many of these are exported and eaten all over the world.

In this blog, Oosawa sensei, one of the Japanese teachers at JOI online school, explains about one of the most famous of these types of apples. Please read the blog to help you learn Japanese, and also watch the video to help you listen to fluent Japanese reading.

Apples with nectar









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Apples with nectar

Are the apples in your country sweet tasting ? Or are they sour ? In Japan, there are about 1000 types of apples. But the more common ones that you are sold in the supermarket are just 20 types. In terms of Japan seasons, the season for apples is autumn. You can eat various types of apples from September to November. Among these, one of the most popular types of apples is called “Fuji”. You can get these apples in November and they have nectar 【or mitsu in Japanese】 inside them. But when we say mitsu, we do not mean honey 【which is hachi mitsu in Japanese】.

Apples make sugar with their leaves. And if they make a lot of sugar, then a transparent yellow part is made in the center of the apple. This is the mitsu (or nectar). Apples with this nectar have a nice flavor and are very juicy. One sign of whether there is nectar in the apple is if they have a red bottom.

But if you hold on to them for too long, then before you know it, the nectar will be lost. The water and sugar is gradually absorbed by the flesh. So I recommend you to eat them soon after purchase.

Do you have apples with nectar in your country ?

甘(あま)い sweet

すっぱい sour

種類(しゅるい) kind; sort; variety

旬(しゅん) season

秋(あき) autumn

人気(にんき)がある popular; marketable

はちみつ honey

糖分(とうぶん) sugar content

透(す)き通(とお)った clear

香(かお)りがよく good flavor

ジューシー juicy

サイン sign

いつの間(ま)にか Before I know it

果肉(かにく) flesh

吸収(きゅうしゅう)されて be absorbed

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