Apples from Aomori Prefecture
Located at the very northern tip of Honshu, Japan’s largest & main island, Aomori prefecture (青森県) grows 56% of Japan’s apples! A farming and agricultural prefecture, Aomori is known for not just apples, but also their vegetables and fruits as well. Read on to find out more about this unique prefecture of Japan that is home to the world’s heaviest apple!
Located 4 hours away from Tokyo by train, Aomori is a popular vacation spot since it’s known for its lush landscapes, hot springs, and ski grounds. During any season, Aomori is a beautiful location to visit with views of majestic volcanic mountain tops and coastal beaches. It’s the perfect spot for those who love both the mountains and ocean!
Every summer, the Aomori Nebuta Festival takes place where illuminated floats of historical warriors or characters are carried throughout the city and participants dance in traditional costumes called haneto (ハネト).
Check out this great video by Discover Nippon that captures the bright colors and excitement during the festival!
Because Aomori is so well known for their apples, visitors flock to local shops to pick up omiyage (お土産), or souvenirs! Omiyage are not like typical souvenirs, they’re usually edible and given as gifts to others! It’s proper etiquette in Japanese culture to give gifts to family, friends, and coworkers when returning from trips. Popular omiyage from Aomori are all apple-based such as gourmet apple juice, apple liqueurs, and snacks. The most famous, and probably the one of the most requested treats, is the Ki Ni Naru Ringo (気になるリンゴ). A whole apple is soaked in a sugary syrup, wrapped in a pie crust, and then baked. These soft-ball sized baked apples are an interesting twist on apple pie!
This month’s crate had two Aomori apple items, but this northern prefecture has more to offer than it’s famous fruit. Would you like to visit Aomori? What season would you like to visit during? Drop us a comment down below!