Japanese prefecture Okayama is known for one of the most popular Japanese folktales that Japanese children hear in elementary school, Momotaro (Peach Boy). This is not a coincidence, as Okayama is also popular for being the birthplace of delicious peaches, especially the white variety. Peaches are synonymous with the summer in Japan, so during your summer vacation in Japan you should definitely check out the several varieties of peaches in Okayama (or look out for them in your local specialty grocer). Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of 4 tasty and juicy varieties!
This is the most sought-after peach variety. This beautiful pinkish white peach is also regarded as the Queen of Peaches, and for good reason. Not only does it boast a high-quality juicy flavor, but it also has a delicious aromatic fragrance. For this reason, the Shimizu White Peach is also a popular gift choice. You can find these peaches only from late July till the middle of August.
Hakuhou is another very popular variant of white peach found in Okayama. It is perhaps the most popular white peach variety after the Shimizu White Peach. The Hakuhou is juicy with a very sweet flavor, so it would charm those with a weak spot for sweet-tasting fruits! This variety of peach is in season from the middle of July until the end of July.
Okayama Yume Hakutou means ‘Okayama Dream White Peach’ in Japanese. It is a newer variety, and it has a yellowish pink color. What stands out is its size, as it is quite large. The typical Okayama Yume Hakutou peach weighs around 350 to 400 grams, but occasionally you can find bigger ones up to 500 grams! This variety of peaches is abundant during the middle of August.
While the Golden Peach is not white in color, it is still charming with its golden yellow hue! It has gained popularity recently, and the taste can be described as slightly sour, it is said to taste a bit like a mango. These peaches are in season from the middle of August until the middle of September, so there is plenty of time for you to try this variety!
The peaches found in Okayama are of a very high quality, so you will definitely love the taste. So if you happen to be in Japan in the summer, don’t miss the chance to try these great summer fruits! Do you want to pick the peaches yourself? Click here for more information.