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October 22, 2015

The Japanese Wine Berry: Sorry No Wine, But A Beautiful Berry…

Filed under: FOOD,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As a foodie you learn something new all the time. This summer I discovered a fruit that was totally new to me: it’s called the Japanese Wine-berry.

Early in the season the plant produced strange looking clusters with bud-like protrusions sprouting out all around it. I’d never seen anything like it and didn’t have a clue what to expect this to turn in to.

Late in the summer I went back and saw how this had changed: each of the bud-like pieces now sported what looks like a mini-raspberry. Like raspberries they can be easily removed from their place, as long as care is taken not to squash the fruit in the process.

The taste is somewhat similar to that of a raspberry but definitely not as sweet, in fact there is a faint hint of tartness about it, so it would be a prefect garnish or ingredient in a dessert that might otherwise be too sweet.

Himself isn’t a fan of sour things so I assumed he would probably say that these were not nearly sweet enough for him, but he surprised me, saying that he loved them. The tartness isn’t overpowering, it’s just there as a a sort of reduced sweetness. Needless to  say it’s hard to describe a new flavour in words.   They are easy to pick because the fruit tends to be more on the outside of the bush, but that said my container didn’t fill up very fast because they were so small in size. (approximately half the size of a raspberry) but it’s also possible that since I visited later in the season that the bigger ones had already been picked. I’d intended to make a pot of jam but the slow picking required more time and effort than I could put into standing so I revised the plan and left with about a cup and a half’s worth of berries which Himself and I shared in the sunshine.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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