Okayama prefecture is known for its white peaches!
Indeed, current cultivation methods as well as its long history all began with the white peaches of Okayama. Delicate and soft like the skin of a newborn baby, the white peach is the symbol of the original quality of "the kingdom of fruit, Okayama".
Among those peaches, the Shimizu White Peach, known as "the queen of peaches", is the most popular, but can only be eaten 10 days a year!
Okayama Hakutou Castella is a luxurious Nakazaki style castella that has lots of Shimizu white peaches kneaded into the dough.
Product provided by: Nakamuraya
For adults, we recommend eating Okayama-made Hakutou Castella with liquor.
The cake is baked to a moist finish with ingredients that include pure Okayama-grown white peaches and milk produced at the foot of Mt. Rokko.
A castella for the adult palate, It’s marinated with liqueur syrup, which has been made from Okayama-grown white peaches and matured for 3 years.
The moment you put it in your mouth, the peach aroma and flavor spreads throughout. With a lovely pink appearance, its flavor is very elegant and refined.
A souvenir to please your female friends!
Product provided by: Sun Lavieen Corporation
But the ‘Aegean Sea of Japan’ as Okayama's Ushimado (Setouchi city) is called, is not just famous for its white peaches! Cultivation of the Lisbon lemon variety prospers in the area, too. It’s a lemon that can be used whole, even the peel.
Thanks to the warmth of Seto Inland Sea and Okayama's climate, the citrus fruits that can be cultivated in the area include yuzu, sudachi, and kabosu among plenty of others – all are very high quality.
We recommend the lemon yokan (sweet bean jelly), which offers enjoyment of all the fruit, even its skin. The peel of the Setouchi-grown lemon is candied and kneaded into the sweet bean jelly.
The chewy texture of the peel and the springy texture of the jelly match perfectly.
This is truly the kind of yokan we could not have imagined.
There is a balance between the characteristic bitterness and sourness of the lemon and sweetness, so it's a flavor you won't grow tired no matter how much you eat!
As it's fresh and not too sweet, it might be a yokan that can be enjoyed even by those who are not too keen on sweets!
Yokan keeps for some time, so it's a good souvenir, even when traveling outside Japan.
Product provided by: Komachi Sangyo
In cooperation with Nippon Access, Inc
*Setouchi Brand products can be purchased from souvenir corners at roadside stations, airports and other places in the Setouchi area.
On the Setouchi brand relationship: http://www.setouchiweb.jp/relationship/index.html (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co.,Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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