Some may think that glossy, tacky apples are covered with artificial wax. This is wrong. It’s not artificial, but a natural wax that we call “Abura-agari” in Japanese. What are the components of this tacky substance? The apple surface is naturally covered with a smooth and transparent wax film. As the fruit ripens, fatty acids such as linoleic acid and oleic acid are secreted from the epidermal cell. These acids dissolve the wax component, and thus the surface becomes tacky and glossy. It actually indicates the ripeness of the fruit. Why do apples produce this natural wax? The natural wax plays an important role in protecting the apple’s… Read More »
It’s common to put some fruit in a lunchbox. Here are some ideas for fancy apple cuttings to add color. Bunny, a standard Checkers and Leaves It’s not only for lunchboxes; it is also used as a floating decoration, as shown in the photo, in apple juice. It will create a graceful tea time. Pattern variations are unlimited depending on your idea. Your kids will love them. A fun lunch time awaits you. Apple University is a virtual university where you can learn many things about apples in a fun way. ⇒ Click here to go to the site.
The 2nd series of “We are the apple specialists”, the first volume, the comic version, now serialized in APPLE UNIVERSITY, has been released. The noteworthy first volume of the second series is “Kitae Tsuneo, the apple transporter.” →Read the comic The comic version allows us to convey Kitae Tsuneo’s passion to apples easier and to reach anyone with an accessible form. Please take a look. Apple University is a virtual university where you can learn many things about apples in a fun way. ⇒ Click here to go to the site.
Now that spring has come, let me report to you the condition of the apple orchard where all the snow has melted. We’ve had rather higher temperatures since mid-March. We found no snow in the field because of the early thaw this year. When we visited the orchard on April 2, 2018, it was a nice spring day with a bit of chilly wind. The workers who prune branches or those who pick them up off the ground wore light clothes. Some wore no jackets. Since there were no leaves in the trees nor grass on the ground, we could see to the end of the field. Take… Read More »
We now introduce you to the task of Decorative Arrangement, a final touch, following issues No.1 “Applying Seals” and No. 2 “Coloring to Completion.” “Mojie Ringo” is used for a gift or ornamental fruit because of its artistic beauty. This is why the last process of the arrangement is crucial. A box or a basket of apples with vivid red and white drawings and designs of good luck attracts the eye. An especially eye-catching treasure ship displayed every year at the presentation stage is carefully made by two men piling up apples into four stories. The most popular merchandise is Mojie Ringo in a plastic… Read More »
“Fuji” is one of the most popular kinds of apples, harvested in early to mid-November, with the largest production yield in Japan. It features a sweet and crisp texture. The variety called “Sun Fuji,” cultivated without bagging, is known for a characteristic called “watercore.” (Apples directly exposed to the sun’s heat and light as they mature on the tree are more apt to develop watercore than shaded apples.) Click here for bagged and un-bagged cultivation. In the US, watercore is considered to be a disorder of apples. Watercore appears as yellowish glassiness of the fruit flesh around the core of the apple. It is called “Mitsu” or honey in Japanese… Read More »
We have introduced to you the process of applying seals on the surface of apples in the previous article. Now we’ll show you how the apples change color and the designed apples complete the process. Just after seals are applied ⇒ 3 days later ⇒ 10 days later You can see the gradual change of colors. The outline becomes faint in the “10 days later” photo, blending with the skin color. As with the normal cultivation of apples, the process of rotating apples and spreading a sun-reflection sheet on the ground are done in order to get enough sunlight for even coloring. Since the “Stark Jumbo” variety, the picture on… Read More »
Let us introduce you to a stylish dessert for adults using wine. It’s simply “Cooked Apple with Red Wine.” Ingredients, 2 servings 1 apple 2 thin slices of lemon A little cinnamon powder 100ml red wine 100ml water 40g sugar Procedure 1. Cut the apple into eight wedges. Remove and discard the core and peel. 2. Heat wine, water and sugar in a pan. Add the apple and put the lemon slices on top. Place a paper lid on top and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the apple becomes transparent. 3. When the apple turns the color of the wine, remove from heat. Let it stand… Read More »
“Mojie Ringo” is a harvested apple with artistically printed letters and designs on the skin Here is the report from our visit to one of the producers to observe the process of “Mojie Ringo” apples. The apples that are bagged during cultivation are used for “Mojie Ringo.” Bagging apples enables farmers to block direct sunlight. Exposing the fruit to sunlight after a certain time immediately encourages them to produce anthocyanin, a component that turns the skin red. Areas covered with a seal will be left non-red, so letters and designs will appear clearly on the skin. For information on the coloring of apples, click here.… Read More »
1/4 tsp SaltThis time we’d like to introduce you to the recipe for Apple Scones. You may often hear about scones of chocolate, cranberries, or raisins, but here we encourage you to make them with apples! Ingredients 1 Apple 30g Butter 300g Cake flour 1 Egg 1 tbs Baking powder 50cc Plain (unsweetened) yogurt 1/4 tsp Salt 50cc Milk 40g Granulated sugar 20g Raisins Preparation A. Place a baking sheet onto a baking pan. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. B. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. C. Wash the apple and quarter it into thin slices. (In the shape of… Read More »