A complete guide to Japanese strawberries

Dec 23, 2020

A complete guide to Japanese strawberries

Japanese strawberries are considered as one of the most delicious strawberries in the world.

Indeed, Japanese strawberries are known for its huge size, sweetness, and juiciness.

In season from December to early May, Japanese strawberries apparently are everyone’s favorite winter and spring fruits.

There are over 312 varieties of strawberries in Japan, and today we introduce three main varieties of strawberry, which are Beni-hoppe (紅ほっぺ), Tochiotome (とちおとめ), and Amaou (あまおう).

Index

1.Beni-hoppe (紅ほっぺ)

2.Tochiotome (とちおとめ)

3.Amaou (あまおう)

1. Beni-hoppe (紅ほっぺ)

Beni-hoppe strawberries are produced in Shizuoka prefecture, and the average sugar content of each strawberry is 12-13 %.

It has a slightly acidic strawberry flavor.

The size of beni-hoppe is larger than the tochiotome strawberry.

But it is still smaller than the amaou strawberry.

A pack of Beni-hoppe strawberries costs about 400 to 600 yen.

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2. Tochiotome (とちおとめ)

Tochiotome strawberries are mainly produced in Tochigi, but some of them are also produced in Aichi and Ibaraki.

It’s apparently the first strawberry variety in Japan.

The average sugar content of each strawberry is 9 – 15%, and the average acidity of each strawberry is 0.65 – 0.70. It has a sweet and sour taste.

The size of tochiotome strawberry is smaller than Beni-hoppe.

The average sugar content of each strawberry is 11%, and the average acidity of each strawberry is 0.50 – 0.60.

The fruit has a strong strawberry taste.

And apparently it’s only one third of the amaou strawberry.

A pack of tochiotome strawberries costs about 300 to 500 yen.

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3. Amaou (あまおう)

 

Amaou strawberries are produced in Fukuoka, and they are way much bigger than other strawberries in the market.

The average sugar content of each strawberry is 11% and above, and the average acidity of each strawberry is 0.50 – 0.60.

The fruit has a strong strawberry taste.

Amaou strawberry is almost three times bigger than tochiotome strawberry.

Amaou strawberry is slightly bigger than beni-hoppe strawberry, and both of them have different shapes.

A pack of amaou strawberries costs about 500 yen to 700 yen.

So, which one is your favorite strawberries? Amongst these three main varieties of strawberry, we love tochiotome the most, particularly for its juiciness, sweetness, and affordable price!

 

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