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So, What DO Cherry Blossoms Taste Like?

Around cherry blossom season in Japan, the shelves suddenly fill with “sakura”-flavored food. But what does cherry blossom-flavored food actually taste like? I investigate.

SakuraShrimpChips
Cherry blossoms taste like…mini-shrimp potato chips.
SakuraWhisky
Cherry blossoms taste like…plum-flavored whisky & soda.
SakuraIceCream
Cherry blossoms taste like…pinkish berry combo gel and vanilla ice cream.
SakuraChips
Cherry blossoms taste like…potato chips sprinkled with ground up bits of plum blossoms.*
sakurabeer
And of course, cherry blossoms taste like…beer.

*Edited, thanks to Little Alex, whose comment below quite rightly pointed out that I had been utterly fooled into buying these unseasonal PLUM FLOWER sprinkled chips. Thinking that because they were still on the shelf at hanami time, I misidentified them as sakura flavor (#^.^#)

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

10 thoughts on “So, What DO Cherry Blossoms Taste Like? Leave a comment

  1. My mom always says, “cherry beer before cherry liquor, never been cherry sicker; cherry liquor before cherry beer, in the cherry clear.”

  2. Ahaha, I wish more people heeded that sound cherry advice during cherry season here, as the platform pizzas are especially prevalent at subway stations during o-hanami! (>_<)

    And hey, are you getting excited to be here? You're shipping out before the end of the month, right? I don't know when you'll first get leave to come into Tokyo, but it's just about an hour train ride from Yokosuka, I think, and you'll be arriving at a great time of year (not much rain, so you can frant about seeing all kinds of great stuff without getting your feet wet). So envious you get to be here for four years!

    • It’s a combination of excitement and terror, though a good deal of my fear comes from it being my first time living on a Navy ship. I hear weekends are pretty free, so I’ll probably spend lots of time in Tokyo… 😀

  3. Um, a few of the photos are things that are plum blossom flavoured? Or at least that’s what the kanji said.

    • Yikes, you are totally right! They were still selling them during hanami (hoping, no doubt, to foist those unseasonal leftovers on fools such as myself) but that’s no excuse for failing to note the ume kanji and ume flowers! Thank you for pointing this out, so I can edit and credit (#^.^#)

      • And hey, maybe you know the answer to this: the first one (the shrimp potato chips) says it’s “小梅” flavor, but I thought that referred to the tiny pink shrimp. I now see that they’ve got plum blossoms on the package too, so maybe I’m wrong about that too…?

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