Is this a summer orange, Hassaku, or no, a lemon? It seems that you may hear bad words, but it is a venerable "Kawabata mandarin orange".


The venerable "Kawabata mandarin orange"
The venerable "Kawabata mandarin orange"


Before the war, it was commonly cultivated at the eaves of farmers in South Kyushu, but recently it has almost disappeared. Of course, I have never lined up at a fruit shop or a supermarket (probably). I wanted to make my debut at "Senbiya", which is the stage I longed for fruits, but it is a rare mandarin orange that is becoming extinct without fulfilling it.

How about the taste?

The skin is a little hard, so cut it with a knife and peel it off before eating. It may be sour because the skin is yellow, but it is neither sweet nor sour, and it has a refreshing taste similar to that of the high-class citrus "Hyuganatsu".


A refreshing taste similar to "Hyuganatsu"
A refreshing taste similar to "Hyuganatsu"


If you use it as a dessert after eating, it will erase the heavy feeling of oil and meat left in your mouth.

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to eat "Kawabata mandarin oranges", please do not hesitate to enjoy them.