Omishima Island, Imabari city, Ehime prefecture is famous for its mandarins, which are very sweet and juicy.
This time we will introduce an exceedingly popular pound cake that’s made here on Omishima Island.
Shimanami-no-eki Oshima, right next to Ooyamazumi Shrine, is where the cakes made using whole mandarins are sold, but only on weekends!
Toshiko Fujita who is, believe it or not, 83 years old, bakes the pound cakes using mandarins grown at her own farm. She takes care of everything from preparing the dough to packing the cakes, all by herself.
She uses Satsuma mandarins that are grown without pesticides and can be eaten whole. She tears the fruit into small pieces and even puts the peel together with the fruit in the blender and then mixes it into the dough.
After the dough is ready, Ms. Fujita carefully pours the mix into cake molds one-by-one.
Next, the cakes are put in the oven to bake. They’re taken out for a moment so that mandarins mixed with syrup can be laid on top, and then again put back in the oven to finish.
The gorgeous scent of baking fills the whole room.
After letting them cool for a bit, the cakes are wrapped and ready!
They’re laid out in the store as soon as they’re done.
When you take a bite you’ll be surprised!
The cake is so moist it’s almost as if you’re biting into a sweet mandarin.
No additives are used in the cakes, and they have the homemade flavor that’s good for your body.
I don’t think I’ve ever had pound cake with a mandarin flavor as strong as this before.
Cakes with the whole mandarins, filled with love.
Remember: They are sold only at weekends!
Ready at around 11 AM, the cakes are limited to just 30 per day!
They sometimes sell out very quickly, so it might be a good idea to go early to avoid disappointment.
Buying them for yourself is a given, but the cakes also make great presents!
Location: 3260 Miyaura, Omishima-cho, Imabari city, Ehime Prefecture
Business hours: 8.30~17.00
Holidays: No holidays
Parking area: Available
URL: http://mishima-eki.jp/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Maki Ohashi
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