Do You Know What Plant This Bizarre Japanese Dessert Is Based On?

  • AOMORI
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  • While the rest of the world is still fixated on mizu shingen mochi which is a type of dessert created by Kinseiken in 2013 that looks like a large droplet of water, Japan is now crazy over a new type of dessert. The new dessert is called kokedama ice, and judging by its appearance, we would not be surprised if it sweeps the Internet and is replicated in other countries!

    What Is Kokedama Ice?

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    This kokedama ice dessert is created and brought to you by the chefs at the Oirase Keiryu Hotel which is located in Aomori Prefecture. From the way it looks, you can easily guess that the dessert is inspired by the Japanese moss ball, which is also known as marimo. The marimo is a cute and bizarre plant which can easily outlive the owner because it can live for more than 100 years! Perhaps it would be a great pal for a pet tortoise.

    How Is It Made?

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    Try to make a guess what this dessert is. If you had assumed that it was a cake, then you are incorrect, as it is actually an ice cream (but maybe the name already gave that away). So how is this green dessert created? To create the look, natural green ingredients are used. The base is actually matcha ice cream, and the velvety outer layer is spinach powder. A sprig of mint is served on the ice cream as a topping and the dessert is served on a puddle of apple puree.

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    This special dessert will be available on the menu of Oirase Keiryu Hotel for a limited time period from the 1st of June, 2016 to the 31st of August, 2016. It is priced at 1,300 yen. Therefore, you may want to consider staying at that hotel if you are planning a trip to Aomori this season so you can enjoy the dessert every day of your stay!

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    Even though the kokedama ice is only available for one season, the hype may catch on and others may try to replicate it. Hopefully, the trend will catch on in other countries too! Would you like to try this bizarre yet appealing dessert?

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