Posts Tagged ‘orange’

Sweet Goya

2012年 9月 8日

Sweet GoyaGoya grow on climbing vines from just behind the flowers, much like a cucumber; however, they have a bumpy flesh that is generally known for it’s bitterness. Often prepared with scrambled egg, onions, and pork in Okinawan cooking, it is liked and hated by roughly equal numbers of people. In our hot climate, it has been trendy to grow “green curtains” of these vines outside windows in an attempt to stay cool. We opted to follow the trend this summer and have been treated to shade, good food, and learning for our efforts.

Sweet Goya seedsOne interesting point of learning is that, the bitter green goya are actually less than fully ripe. Allowing them to ripen past the normal harvest time, sees them change to yellow or bright orange coloring. Additionally, the bitterness is greatly tempered; in some cases, even resulting in a bit of sweetness. Harvesting this late can be a bit tricky in that the goya will start to rot on the vine and bugs or birds may take an interest in dining before the farmer.

Sweet Goya seedGreen goya seeds are normally carved from the inside and thrown out; although some will tempura fry them. In the case of a fully ripened goya, the seeds become harder but the flesh around them turns sweet and red – almost like jam.

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Martian Foray Bears Fruit

2010年 1月 21日

Many candies in Japan come in multiple flavors. Kit Kats maybe the most wide spread in this arena. They release regional flavors (to promote tourism), limited time flavors (to promote regular consumption), convenience store limited flavors (to promote multiple lines of sale), big bag flavors (to promote increased consumption), and a variety of sizes and shapes (to draw different types of consumers). Yet today’s story is not about Nestle’s.

M&M's OrangeM&M’s, from Mars Japan, is foraying into this flavorful arena with a new product called, M&M’s Orange. The packaging is quite cute with the orange M&M character unzipping his shell to reveal that he is actually an orange hiding inside. Since the Mission Impossible movies where people peel off perfect disguises of other people, this theme has appeared in all manner of commercials and M&M’s have picked up on it.

Sometimes when I’m talking about calligraphy, or some other fine detail of Japanese culture, my Japanese friends joke that when I go home I peel off my foreigner disguise and I’m really some old Japanese scholar. I play it up by grabbing skin under my jawline and stretching it up like I’m de-masking. The effect is pretty funny.

M&M's OrangeOrange M&M’s come in two colors – orange and white – but as far as my limited taste buds can tell, they are both the same flavor. I expected there to be an even number of each color, but eating them in pairs, I found there were ten orange ones left over.

Oddly, I have only found these at the Pocket Plat kiosk store on the Ujiyamada Station (宇治山田駅) platform: not in the supermarket candy aisle, not in the convenience stores. Perhaps this is because some stores only carry M&Ms in the summer (according to a store owner I interrogated) or because most stores think it won’t sell.

Goldfish, Goldfish What Do You See?

2009年 3月 29日

Gold FishAt Chion-in (知恩院) I spent a bit of time snapping photos of the koi (鯉) in the pond. Most of the fish were gray, there was one orange fish with a particularly active mouth who was my target. However, there was one slightly shy fish who was an eye-catcher. His skin was actually gold in color. Not bright orange like a goldfish, but actually a shiny yellow like gold. I can’t recall seeing a fish like this before so it is probably a bit rare.