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Vol. 4 of Warera Ringobito or “We are the apple specialists.” is now released.

  Vol.4 of “We are the apple specialists” is finally here. Having lived in the Tsugaru area and been involved in apples in various ways, they are the people to be handed down to the next generation. Here, their true stories are told. The fourth apple specialist is Prof. Huang Xiaochun, a professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hirosaki University There is a man who foresees the future of Aomori apples more than anyone else. Through destiny, this man crossed the sea to Hirosaki, a foreign land, and became fascinated by apples, eventually becoming essential to the apple industry. Being chosen by the apples, his mission has… Read More »

The awaited “We are the apple specialists” vol.3 features a woman.

  Vol.3 of “We are the apple specialists” is finally here. Having lived in the Tsugaru area and been involved in apples in various ways, they are the people to be handed down to the next generation. Here, their true stories are told. Vol. 3 of “We are the apple specialists” features Nobuko Narumi, a wholesaler of vegetables and fruit There is a woman who has gone through much supporting her family all by herself. For more than half a century, she has completely devoted herself to apples. She is dearly loved by the people around her, even after her stormy life. What is it about her charm that fascinates… Read More »

Apples produce their own waxy coating

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 »

Add a colorful touch to a lunch box ~ fancy apple cuttings ~

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 condition of the apple orchard – Spring –

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 »

The Process of “Mojie Ringo” No. 3 Decorative Arrangement

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 »

The Correlation between Aomori’s Watercored Apples and Freshness

“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 »

The process of “Mojie Ringo” No. 2 Coloring to Completion

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 »

Cooked Apple with Red Wine

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 »

The process of “Mojie Ringo”, or printing letters and a design on the surface of the apple No. 1 [Applying a seal]

“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 »