Tag - fruit



Durians at a roadside stand in Chantaburi, Thailand, which is by far the fruit’s biggest exporting country, on April 24. China’s demand for the large and spiky fruit is creating fortunes and reshaping parts of Southeast Asia.
Jun 17, 2024
China’s lust for durian is creating fortunes in Southeast Asia
Last year, the value of durian exports from Southeast Asia to China was $6.7 billion, a twelvefold increase from $550 million in 2017.
Masanao Saito harvests his mikan tangerines with his grandson, Akihito Oyama, at his farm in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 8. Behind them are apple trees full of fruit.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Feb 5, 2024
How fruit farmers in Tohoku are coping with climate change
Last year, extreme heat dubbed the "boiling Earth" phenomenon hit the region’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries hard.
The best season for Australian mangoes is from November to February, different from that of rival producers in the opposite hemisphere.
Nov 27, 2023
Australia keen to boost mango exports to Japan after curbs eased
The Australian mango season is different to that of rival producers in the opposite hemisphere.
Feel free to add more than two dried persimmons for an even jammier finish to this filling dish.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
Oct 29, 2023
Recipe: Pork and dried persimmon stew
The orange hue of carrots and persimmons are perfectly autumnal, and the dried and fresh persimmons add a light sweetness.
Blackberries from Pairwise, a company that uses gene-editing technology to create new breeds of plants, in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 13. Pairwise hopes to create a seedless blackberry that grows on compact, thorn-free bushes.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Sep 26, 2023
Meet the climate-defying fruits and vegetables in your future
Breeding new crops that can thrive under these assaults is a long game.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2023
The secret behind Japan’s wintry strawberries
Strawberries are a major Christmas and winter staple in Japan, but their growth comes with an environmental toll.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE RECIPE BOX
Feb 5, 2023
Recipe: Amazake oatmeal
You don't need to be a heavy drinker to enjoy this low alcohol-infused breakfast.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 14, 2021
Resurrecting the tachibana, Japan’s oldest native citrus
Once revered as “the fruit of immortality,” the tachibana has long fallen out of culinary favor. The Nara Tachibana Project hopes to save it from endangerment.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2021
Experimental AI tech lending a helping hand to fruit producers in Japan
Machines are providing farmers with information on the best time for fruit to be harvested, based on data from photographs.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2021
Annual shipment of inedible square melons gets underway in western Japan
The fruit, priced at around u00a510,000 ($90) each, are generally bought to be used as ornaments in places such as department stores and fruit shops.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 5, 2020
Welcome to Aomori, the cassis capital of Japan
Japan may not be famous for blackcurrants, but in Aomori Prefecture, domestic production begins and ends with the quality of the fruit.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 1, 2019
Fruit fly trial unlocks clues for 'polypill' to beat aging
Scientists who gave fruit flies a triple drug combination treatment and found that it extended their lives by almost 50 percent say their work offers clues on how to fight aging in people.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2019
Ministry to boost prevention of certain fruit and saplings from being taken out of country
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is set to launch full-fledged efforts to prevent "outflows" of domestically developed high-end fruit varieties to other countries.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 6, 2019
Chiba loquat grower loves his work, but frets over the future of the biwa business
Kenzo Takeba picks a loquat out of his basket, unwraps it from its paper cover and expertly begins to peel off the delicate orange skin with his fingers.
Japan Times
May 24, 2019
Pair of Yubari melons fetch record ¥5 million at season's first auction in Hokkaido
A pair of specially grown hybrid melons cultivated in the city of Yubari, Hokkaido, fetched a record ¥5 million ($45,500) on Friday in the season's first auction.
Japan Times
Apr 8, 2019
First premium mangoes of Japan growing season fetch record ¥500,000
A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record ¥500,000 in the season's first auction at a local wholesale market Monday, topping the previous best of ¥400,000.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 4, 2019
1 in 5 deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet, study says
Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found.
Japan Times
Jan 19, 2019
Lakan-ka: Light, wholesome and not a speck of sugar added
From the outside, you might take Lakan-ka for just another of the smart-casual cafe-dining establishments that proliferate on the Aoyama-Jingumae side of town. But behind the sleek, modern facade with its pet-friendly terrace, this new arrival is doing things a bit differently.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2019
No-peel appeal: Novelty banana grower is showcase for integration of mentally disabled workers in Japan
On a farm employing a sophisticated technique to develop special bananas in Okayama Prefecture, people with disabilities play a major role in the routine work of watering, fertilizing and removing yellowing leaves from the plants.
Nov 24, 2018
Forbidden fruit?
'How do you know when it's OK to eat persimmon?'


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan