11 Nov 2016 in Food Culture
Only produced in Aomori prefecture in Japan, the Fuji apple is unique in the world! Discover why...
Do you know why the Fuji Apple is so called? Everyone could imagine it is a tribute to Mount Fuji, which, elevate to 3,776 metres, one of the Japan’s icons. But above all, the Fuji Apple takes its name from its native town, Fujisaki, which is in the Aomori Prefecture, in the north of the main island of Honshū.
A 1930’s invention
The Fuji Apple is a hybrid fruit crossing two varieties. Its “parents” are Americans : the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Genet, also known as the Rawls Jennet. It was born in the late 1930s, but was only put on the market in 1962 after a numerous number of experiments. Fuji apple had caught on and loved by Japanese because of its freshness, crunchiness, juicy and fruity flesh. Ideal for both eating and cooking, this apple became in 1982 number one in terms of production in Japan!
Recipes and drinks
The restaurant buffet at Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel gives pride of place to the Fuji Apple through a large variety of apples, paying tribute to this local product. The tasting place, set up by the entrance, has a display of ciders produced from this variety. You can also drink apple juice with your meal. The buffet serves many recipes based on Fuji Apples: from ice-cream to a simple apple compote, from pork with apples to apple pie. This local fruit, whose reputation extends far beyond Japan’s borders, is a real treat for the taste buds!