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Quest for Apricots | 杏の里を訪ねて、、 Part 1

Although we’ve been encountering continuous rain during this ‘monsoon’ season, there are few days of hiatus here and there where when we decided to take a trip known to be the ‘Home of the Apricots’ in Nagano-prefecture (I will place a link but unfortunately none of the web pages have English sites).

This year, we’ve decided to take a trip to the agricultural home of apricots, some 3 hours drive from Tokyo to ‘Chikuma River and Chikuma City District’.

今年の梅雨の間にある晴れ間で、、、

この時期必ずやる事があります。『杏ジャム』作り。

我家の大好物のジャムで年間通してこれは欠かさないジャムの一つなのです。今年は新聞で『千曲川の杏の里』(長野県)の掲載を見る事ができ、東京には出荷が少ない杏を待つよりも産地に出向いて調達することにしました。

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Apricots have an extremely short season in Japan but having it to be my favorite jams amongst all of the jams I make throughout the year.

今年の杏は雨のせいで凶作と観光協会に言われ、一か八かで3時間走り、アグリファームに到着。(あんずの里アグリパーク、あんずの里物産館)杏はまだ木に実を付けていましたが、、物産店には数少ない杏しかありませんでした。

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Encountered an apricot called the HARCOT which is Canadian born apricot  – an oblong, yellow-orange apricot with rich, sweet flavor; not suitable for jams but to eat as a fruit.

ジャム用ではなく食用の『ハーコット』という杏の品種で、人気品種。

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‘SHOWA’ apricot, a Japanese bred apricot suitable for jam making.

『昭和』というジャムに適した杏。私はこれがあれば満足。

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Traveling though Nagano-prefecture….

you will find fresh Soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) cuisines, an extremely healthy food which I love; where we stopped over at a place called –

Soba Cuisine KAYA (Sakai Wine Cellar)

for lunch.

Address : 1855-1, Tokura, Chima-Shi, Nagano-Prefecture
住所: 〒389-0804 長野県千曲市戸倉1855−1
Tel: 026-276-7205

長野をドライブしているといたるところに蕎麦屋があります。蕎麦好きの私には楽しみの一つ。今回は千曲市に近い、戸倉という駅前の近くにある『萱蕎麦処』でランチ。「十割そば」は毎日10食限定らしく、、GET!絶妙でした。

Soba made from 100% buckwheat flour, referred to as Juwari soba or Towari soba.

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to be continued….. (続く)

trip made on June 29th (6月29日の旅記録)

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