January 15, 2018

Harvesting Amanatsu/甘夏の収穫

On January 14, I harvested some of the fruits from the two amanatsu trees, as requested by my father.
To harvest the fruits on branches too high to reach,
I used a "taka eda kiri basami" (high branch pruning scissors) 
rather than a stepladder.
I harvested the bigger ones, and left the smaller ones on the trees.
Kaki (persimmon) tree:
Ume tree:
As you can see, there are lots of buds on the branches.
I also harvested some grapefruits.
Hana yuzu tree:
The fruits can be put in a bathtub (to take a "yuzu buro") and can also be used in cooking.
While I was harvesting the amanatsu and other fruits, my father worked in the other areas of his field. He reported that the door of the greenhouse for strawberries had been blown off by strong wind, so that birds could enter the greenhouse, leaving only this amount of strawberries for us.
He also collected one head of cabbage, one head of broccoli, and some nazuna (a type of greens).
And, some overgrown komatsuna leaves.
I boiled the nazuna, komatsuna, and broccoli.
I used this home-made ponzu (1:1:1 mixture of yuzu juice, soy sauce, and water, plus some instant dashi and katsuobushi) to eat the nazuna and komatsuna. I used mayonnaise to eat the broccoli.
We sent the amanatsu to four relatives, including my wife.


9895039531 seeandoh said...

Sorry to hear about the Strawberry harvest. Also the Strawberries are not yet ripe I see... I read Niigata got good amount of snow recently. But still you got a good fruit harvest.

Hiroyuki said...

seeandoh: Thank you for your concern, but I'm currently living with my parents in Chiba, which is adjacent to Tokyo, where snow seldom falls. It's true that Niigata city has had a considerable amount of snow recently, but not so much snow in Minami Uonuma city, where my house is located.

Usman Makhdoom said...

I found a lovely post from 2011 and was sure the blog would be moribund by now.

But no, I go to the hp and it's still going :)

Thank you for this unique blog, and for your eloquent stance on the neo-imperialism and chauvinism of Western anti-whaling with which I agree wholeheartedly.


Hiroyuki said...


Post from 2011? I have no idea which post you are referring to, but my blog is still alive, although it's updated much less frequently these days because I have to spend much of my spare time supporting my old parents.

I want to talk about more about whaling in Japan, but first I want to visit Wada town, Chiba, where a whaling station is located.

Fräulein Trude said...

This tool is quite handy. Maybe I should get one too. Last autumn I nearly fell from the ladder while harvesting Kiwis from my rooftop.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: You should get one! I have so far harvested persimmon, yuzu, and other fruits, using a stepladder, a ladder, and the taka eda kiri basami shown above. I think that using the kiri basami is the most efficient, and besides, it's absolutely the safest!