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The Scent of First Love

I had never seen anything quite like it. It was strange, yet beautiful. Our renters next door moved out, and as a parting gift, they presented us with a gift-wrapped box of perfectly shaped, perfectly ripe, perfectly white strawberries. They were from a shop in Tokyo Midtown called Sun Fruits, and these rare jewels (they cost just as much!) are grown in Shiga and Shimane Prefectures. This particular variety is named Hatsukoi no Kaori, translated as The Scent of First Love.

I waited to taste them until the next day when I met my cousin and her husband at Shinjuku Gyoen. There were still a few sakura (cherry blossom) trees in full bloom and the weather couldn't have been better.

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We had a picnic lunch under the trees and for dessert we all tried our first First Love's Scent. It smelled like a regular strawberry, it tasted like a regular strawberry, it is a regular strawberry! It could be my mind playing tricks, but although the First Love was sweet, it didn't seem to have the depth of flavor as the red varieties do. I feel the same way about yellow watermelons. But, I'm happy I had the chance to try a white strawberry. So, thank you neighbors!


Posted By: Jan Opdahl
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