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Highest quality Japanese muskmelon : Crown Melon

All About Japan's Number 1 Luxury Fruit: The Crown Melon

Introduction In the secluded hills of Shizuoka Prefecture, dedicated farmers have grown Crown Melons for over 100 years, with only the most exquisite specimens ever making it to market. Every melon is precisely measured, thoroughly massaged, and deftly harvested by human hands year round. Also known as the “king” of Japanese fruits, Crown Melons have captured the hearts of gormets and culinary experts around the world. With Ikigai Fruits, this elusive Japanese delicacy is finally available to be delivered right to your door. But what exactly makes a Crown Melon so special? We found the most common Crown Melon questions...

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Celebrating Japanese Dessert Culture: An Exclusive Ikigai Fruits Collaboration in New York City

Celebrating Japanese Dessert Culture: An Exclusive Ikigai Fruits Collaboration in New York City

Photo courtesy of Momoya SoHo Have you ever had a dessert parfait made with Japanese luxury fruits? Parfaits are a rare delicacy in most American dining experiences, but they’re a staple in Japanese dessert culture. Recently, Ikigai Fruits partnered with Momoya SoHo, a popular Japanese establishment in New York City, and Executive Pastry Chef Norie Uematsu to turn our best-selling fruit into dramatic parfaits constructed with meticulous dedication. History of Parfaits in Japan and America Photo courtesy of Momoya SoHo Parfaits originated in France in the late 1800s. The word “parfait” is French for “perfect”1. The original dessert was made...

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Expensive Japanese Fruit Culture: Why Is Fruit a Luxury in Japan?

Expensive Japanese Fruit Culture: Why Is Fruit a Luxury in Japan?

What is a luxury fruit? You might think of chocolate-covered strawberries or decadent grapes being fed to someone on a chaise. But in Japan, the most expensive fruits on the market are perfectly shaped, explosively flavorful, and worth tens of thousands of dollars at auctions.  For hundreds of years, Japanese people have used fruit as blessed offerings to high-ranking officials or essential pieces of traditional or religious ceremonies. In Japanese culture, this appreciation for fruit as a worthy gift to respected figures has continued to this day in the form of designer artisan fruits that can sell for mind-boggling amounts...

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