Ryugu no Sarunashi
Lantern fruit in a small-handled pot by Takashi Ichikawa
The mountains that surround the Ryugu are rich with natural forests.
When I enter the mountains, I find a hardy kiwi vine clinging to a big tree.
Climb the tree, chew on the hardy kiwifruit, fill the basket and go back down the mountain.
Let’s give some to the monkey and still there’s a lot left.
The hardy kiwifruit is small, sweet and sour, and is said to be the oldest type of kiwi.
In the field around Ryugu, I spot so many lantern fruits. They seen to be a European variety.
I enjoy their mellow flavor and unique aroma. They have a soft and supple sweetness.
These autumn mountains and fields are like jewel boxes full of fruit.
September 20, 2020
Smoked Sarunashi in a smoker