Hello everyone, Thank you very much for coming to my blog. I'm acting as a vegetable sommelier. So, today, I'd like to introduce about a vegetable sommelier because I think almost all of you don't know what a vegetable sommelier is. Vegetable sommelier is the certificate given from Japan vegetable sommelier association, the only institution of this kind in the world. And a vegetable sommelier is a specialist who understands and tells the attractions of fruit and vegetables, and our mission is acting as a go-between for farmers and consumers. And we are active in various situations, and as for me, I recommend fruit and vegetable cooking techniques for health and anti-aging mainly. The other day, I had the opportunity to talk about the health benefits of seasonal vegetables and focus on tomato in English! My English was not perfect and I was a little nervous, but I felt very happy that people enjoyed listening to my presentation. Yes, it was a wonderful experience for me!!
I eat tomato every day. Especially I love mini tomato. I ate them at my break time. These tomatoes have beautiful colors. Red, Yellow, Orange, Zebra stripe purple color. They're colorful and so delicious. They made me happy!
I made Umeboshi yesterday. I'm trying new way. There is no weight on top of the ume to push them down. And after a few days, add the purple shiso leaves in the glass jar. Then, after rainy season, I don't dry them, I put the whole jar outside in the sun about 7 days. I hope it works!
Cherry is seasonal fruit in early summer in Japan. I like cherry, so I eat them often. And, I found these twin cherries when I ate cherries today. Wow, very cute! I don't mind though they're irregular type and seem unsaleable. Besides, they were delicious like the same as others.
I tried making tomato jelly. It was almost good. But I'll practice again and again. By the way, tomato has lycopene as you know. It's from red color and has the effect on high anti-oxidation, so tomato is vegetable that has health benefits.
I got loquats today.
They are very seasonal fruit in Japan.
We can eat them in just early summer.
I love loquats because they are delicious and contain a lot of Carotene.
Carotene will change to Vitamin A in your body, and Vitamin A has the benefit for your health and beauty.
Loquats are wonderful fruit!
Well, I joined a wonderful tour in Kumamoto last month. By the way, do you know Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems(GIAHS)? Have you ever been to Aso in Kumamoto? Aso has a grassland of vast extent, many kinds of plants and animals and traditional agriculture. So, Aso got GIAHS in 2013.
If you have never been to Aso, I really want you to visit there.
Hi, Thanks for coming to my blog. Have you ever eaten this big citrus fruit called Banpeiyu? It is quite bigger than Hassak such as a regular size's orange. I heard Banpeiyu is the biggest citrus fruit in the world. This Banpeiyu came from my hometown Kumamoto. It has a good smell, so we put it on our living room, and enjoy looking and smelling first. Yeah, our living room is filled with the fresh and sweet smell. And I'm looking forward to eating it!
I'm interested in finding and eating rare vegetables. Have you ever eaten fresh black soybeans? I eat dry black soybeans(kuromame)sometimes. But I ate fresh black soybeans like this picture for the first time. It's really a seasonable vegetable. I boiled them with salt water. These were soft and delicious though looks are not good. Besides, black soybeans have a lot of polyphenol. So, they will help our health.