mikan

First and Only Mikan (Satsuma Orange)

Friday, February 1st, 2013

First Mikan [ 温州蜜柑] (Satsuma, Mandarin 无核桔) Orange

 

My wife alerted to me something that I had completely missed in our garden.  The mikan sapling we had planted in spring had brought forth a single full sized fruit.  It was the only one of the three we planted.

I am not big on winter by any means but the simple pleasure of peeling a mikan and eating it wedge by wedge is one of the most enjoyable activities of a winter in Japan.  I love crushing the skins in my hands and inhaling that lovely citrus fragrance.

Citrus of fragrance has got to be one of the most pleasing scents to my soul.  I am sure there is a connection to mu childhood and having citrus trees in my backyard.  The scent always relaxes me.

I havent peeled this one yet.  I am just enjoying gazing at with my eye.  I will have to post more once i have peeled it and sampled the tender tangy flesh.

Have a beautiful day of rest!

 

 

Real Natural Ancient Variety of Mikan (Mandarin, Satsuma, Orange)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I am not a big fan of winter time here in Japan.  In fact, I would be the happiest if the temperature here would be springish all year round.  I like wearing coats, and scarfs, and preparing myself for the cold weather.  That being said, in general I prefer mild temperatures that accompany spring and early autumn.

The best gift that we receive in the winter time is the abundance of the mikan fruit.  Sometimes they are referred to as satsuma oranges or mandarin oranges.  They are a close varietal to tangerines, yet their flavors are not quite the same.  They tend to be a bit more squared on the tops and bottoms, and their skin is rather loose and easy to peel once you get one of your fingers popped into the air gap between the skin and the flesh.

The one in the photography came from a friend of my wife’s family from the rural part of Chiba prefecture.  They are much larger than the mikans that I can usually find in the store.  They are less perfect.  They are bumpy.  They have green spots across their dimpled skin.  Because of their imperfections, they are more prefect to me.  These are probably what the first variety of mikans were like before they were farmed on a massive scale.

Enjoy this mikan in its natural state.  The best part about winter in Japan.  The simple fruit in its own packaging.

Ancient Variety Mikan (みかん Satsuma Orange) Fruit

Light at 2:30 p.m. JST

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Got to head home a bit earlier than usual today.  Which was good, because when I have been heading home recently the sun has already set.  So, it was a great pleasure to be out in the sun and to catch that beautiful white light you get around this time of year.

A lost piggy wiggy, that I have been eyeing for a couple of weeks, but the light was never right to catch it.  A lone mikan sitting on top of a wall just a block from Kasai Rinkai station, and some lovely drippy scribbles on a tree.  Ah, the year is just about done, and there is so much to do.

Lost Piggy Wiggy Charm

Mikan Atop a Wall

Tsubo on a Tree

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