Aomori: How ‘Bout Them Apples

On a previous return from Japan, a customs dog caught me red-handed and knelt by my feet, because I had plucked the forbidden fruit and packed it in my suitcase.

Over half of Japan’s apples are produced in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, and they are the most sweet and delicious in the world. More than 80 varieties of apples are found in entrées, desserts, soy sauce, wine, brandy, honey and other edibles across Aomori. One of these polished beauties can sell in Tokyo for around $10. So tropically sweet, you would swear it was infused with sugar. It’s not. I’m told the secret to their ambrosia is in the delicate pruning techniques. In Hirosaki, unique apple pies with intricate latticework and flaky crusts reflect the creativity of each pâtissière. I must taste all 46 of them. With apple pie map in hand, I follow my nose. Continue reading “Aomori: How ‘Bout Them Apples”