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The difference between strawberries from Japan and American strawberries

How are strawberries from Japan different from its American counterparts?

No one loves strawberries quite like the Japanese. Originally brought to Japan by the Dutch in the 1800s, modern-day Japanese people love adding strawberries to everything from Christmas cakes to traditional Japanese sweets like daifuku. This love of this incredibly special fruit has created a unique culture around strawberries rarely experienced by those outside Japan. Major differences between American and Japanese strawberries are in everything from the taste and appearance, to its cultivation method. Each of these aspects of Japanese strawberries is carefully monitored to ensure only the cream of the crop makes it to market. These differences are what...

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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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