Yamamomo BerriesMy boss gave me some yamamomo (myrica rubra or Japanese bayberry?) yesterday. This fruit is very popular in Kochi and used in various ways including desserts, jam and liquor. In my hometown, it is popular to make yamamomo-shu in the same way they make ume-shu (plum liquor), which is soaking the fruit and crystallized sugar in “white liquor” in a jar and waiting for about two months. Compared to ume-shu, yamamomo-shu has somewhat sweeter fragrance and a more pinkish color, and I like it mixed with some water and lots of ice.
The left photo shows the inside of a yamamomo berry. I like eating yamamomo raw, too, with a little salt sprinkled on, but very ripe ones only. They are quite sour and even a bit astringent when not ripe, and eating such unripe ones can be unpleasant enough to make you want to stay away from them for the rest of your life.
My boss gave me ripe and juicy ones (thanks, boss!) I enjoyed them after supper tonight , watching TV.
Categories: Japanese, Kochi
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Posted by obachan at 6/29/2006 11:15:00 PM