Foods, Sightseeing, and Experience in Tsukuba, JAPAN
I was given a gift from the resident downstairs. It was Japanese mandarin oranges (Mikan in Japanese) and the bland name is Setoka.I was surprised at the extremely thin skin that was too thin to peel easily. It tasted very sweet and fresh. I felt it was softer than orange. Almost all parts can be eaten because of the thin skin therefore only one Setoka made me feel full. It was amazing! It looks similar to ordinary Mikan so I could not have noticed it if nobody told me it was Setoka, not Mikan.
I was given such gifts from neighbors because my wife also gave some vegetables when our parents sent their products to us. Our parents cultivate some vegetables such as potato, onion, spinach, and so on. The vegetables really pleased neighbors and got good evaluation from them. Fresh vegetables tasted good and kept the taste longer than those in grocery stores. Our parents absolutely refrain from using agricultural chemicals on their products therefore we can give the vegetables to our sons without the anxiety.
Setoka is created by breed improvement in Nishiuwa, Ehime prefecture. Ehime is located in Shikoku island and is very famous producing area of Mikan. Farmers expect that Setoka becomes promising products in Nishiuwa. Although I rarely see Setoka in familiar grocery stores, I want to taste it again if I get the chance.