Fruits picking, Hokkaido, Japan

//Two weeks back, I shared on an overview of our long awaited Hokkaido/Tokyo trip via Hong Thai Travel and I also shared on some of the places of interest we visited in our Day 2 and Day 3 of the trip. Last week, I’ve also shared on the places of interest we visited in Day 4 of our trip. In this post and more, I will be sharing in details on some of the sites we visited in Day 4 with a lot more pictures! So stay tuned!

In the morning of Day 4, we visited a fruit farm and had a lot of fun picking and eating fruits at the same time. The farm is supposed to be an organic farm, and we are encouraged to pick and eat at the same time. We don’t even have to wash the fruits! There are many types of fruits grown in the farm, but because of the season, we are only allowed to pick plums and blueberries. The honey peaches are almost in season, but not sufficient for us to go crazy picking them. That’s a pity!

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Our guide demonstrating gladly how the picking and eating is done. Basically, pick, rub off the natural white powder on the surface of the fruit, pop the entire plum in your mouth, enjoy and spit out the seed.

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When we were told to start picking, we ended up taking a lot of pictures and got “scolded” by the guide! He told us to not just take pictures, but to start picking and eating! Haha.

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On the left: Fruit with natural white powder On the right: After rubbing it off.

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It is extremely sweet and juicy! I think if my family is here, they will go crazy! Especially my mum! Haha. It is the day where I ate the most plums! I think I ate like 4 plums! That’s not a lot considering there are people who ate a lot more. Haha.

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Look at the bright red! We were told to pick fruits which is dark red in colour. The redder it is, the sweeter it is.

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Next we took a quick ride on the bus to the blueberry farm, own by the same family. The farm is huge!

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For blueberries picking, the trick is to pick those which are really fat and plump!

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After eating the sweet plums, the blueberries are really sour! We decided to secretly pack some blueberries for breakfast the next day! Blueberries go well in yogurt!

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Even though we didn’t get to pick the honey peaches, we can get them at a bargain! Each packet is 450 yen, which is approximately SGD5.50. What a bargain, considering that they are fruits from Hokkaido and they are really overpriced in Singapore! There are two types of peaches and the one in yellow is crazy sweet! We bought a packet to share! Sugar overload. Heh.

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At their fruit stall, we also noticed that there are many yellow umbrellas hanging on the ceiling and there are so many bird’s nest! Not the kind you eat but it’s barn swallows! When we asked the lady tending the stall, we were told that they have been allowing the swallows to reside at their stall for many generations, and since it was a practice started by the great grand parents generation, and all is well in the family, they decided to just maintain it. The reason for having yellow umbrellas? To catch the young swallows who are learning to fly! Such an interesting sight.

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The little ones asking for food!

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Definitely a great experience and one of the many highlights of the trip!

 

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About somethingboutrenes

A lady with many random thoughts and braving this whimsical world with a simple faith. In love with all things vintage and pieces with a story to tell. Loves blogging, enjoys Yoga and has an urgent need to travel to maintain sanity.

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