Updated: November 06, 2018
0 Bookmark

Mikan (みかん) Fruit: How The Japanese Consume It

The mikan fruit is an important part of the food culture of Japan. Frozen or grilled, it's consumed in a variety of simple ways. This article presents the ways Japanese eat their most popular citrus.

Feel free to follow favy!

The Japanese Mikan Fruit

Mikan is a sweet seedless citrus that is very similar to tangerine oranges. The mikan fruit is mainly produced in Wakayama Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture in Japan. It is originally from China, but it has been extremely popular in Japan for centuries (its origin can be traced back to the 15th century). The first western contact with the mikan fruit occurred in the early Meiji Period of the 1870s, right after Japan opened to world commerce. Jesuits brought back the fruit to American to be grown in Georgia.
pixta_23729706_S
Until 2013, the Japanese mikan was the most consumed fruit in Japan; from that year, its rank got overtaken by the banana and apple. The Japanese associated the mikan with winter comfort and is still the most popular during the cold season.

How The Japanese Enjoy The Mikan Orange

pixta_25180846_S
The best way to enjoy the mikan according to many Japanese people is while you are sitting at a kotatsu (a traditional low table which is heated from underneath).
pixta_18296826_S
There is even a proper way to peel a mikan. Habitually, people do not rip off the peel but rather peel it so that it seems to be opening like a flower.
There are a variety of ways to simply eat a mikan fruit. In Kyushu, some places customarily prepare the fruit by grilling it with the skin. This is called yakimikan (焼きみかん).
It is quite common to eat it frozen in the summertime too. The high sugar content of the mikan fruit makes it similar to an ice candy. You can buy all kinds of desserts which contain frozen mikan in them.
If you visit a Japanese convenience store in the summer, you shouldn't have any problem finding ice cream made with a certain amount of real mikan fruit juice as well.
pixta_19289827_S
Canned mikan fruits are also quite common. People eat them as is or use the pieces to decorate cakes or other desserts.
A fancy way to eat a mikan fruit is by making it into a jelly dessert. You may find some very expensive mikan jelly desserts at high-end fruit parlors in Tokyo. The one pictured above is found at Ginza Senbikiya.
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

Trending Posts

1

What is Narutomaki? (The White and Pink Thing on Ramen)

2

Ramen Types Explained & Take away(Shio, Tonkotsu, Shoyu, Tsukemen and More!)

3

Ninja Castle: Awesome Ninja-Themed Restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo

Asakusa
4

All About Japanese Kani! How It's Used In Japan

5

Saba: One of the Healthiest Fish You Can Eat

Tokyo
More Trending Posts

Recommended For You!

1

Ninja Castle: Awesome Ninja-Themed Restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo

favy
2

Coconut Glen's Coconut Ice Cream is a Must-Try in Omotesando!

favy
3

[Tokyo] Fresh Japanese Fish Served 'Californian Poke' Style!

favy
4

Giant Pork Bowls At Buta Daigaku in Shinjuku!

Foods hunter
5

Must-Try Gourmet Burger By a 24 Year-Old Chef: 'Farms' [Harajuku]

favy

Featured Posts

Michelin Star Restaurants In Tokyo & All Of Japan | Guide | Reservation

Halal Restaurants In Japan!

Things to do in Japan in all regions!

More Features

Events

Breathtaking Views at Fuji Shiba-Sakura Festival 2020

Apr 18, Sat ~ May 31, Sun

Vintage Sake Renaissance 2019

Apr 21, Sun ~

Trending Tags