5 Reasons Why Japanese Fruits Make The Perfect Gift For Special Occasions

5 Reasons Why Japanese Fruits Make The Perfect Gift For Special Occasions

Lifestyle Food
By Sophie Hong on 08 Sep 2022
Senior Editor

Getting a gift can be a stressful affair, especially if it’s a special occasion or for someone whom you’re not that familiar with (i.e. boyfriend’s parents). If this sounds like your predicament at the moment, we’ve got the perfect solution for you: premium Japanese fruits

Japanese fruits make for the best gifts because they’re universally-loved and can be enjoyed by everyone - regardless of age and gender. A big reason why is because Japanese fruits are specially-cultivated to have an exceptional taste and blemish-free appearance, making them far more exquisite than their usual counterparts: think Kyoho grape, Yubari melon, Fuji apple, Amaou strawberry etc. 

In fact, these fruits are a symbol of luxury in Japan, which is why gifting fruits is a common practice there! 

Still not convinced? Read on for 5 reasons why Japanese fruits make for great gifts! 

#1 Japanese fruits are super tasty

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Japanese-grown fruits are guaranteed to be sweet, fresh and juicy. This is the result of years of research poured into fruit varieties and breeding methods, as well as careful cultivation by Japanese farmers. One could even argue that these fruits are artisanal, given the amount of work put in by these Japanese fruit producers!

#2 They look picture-perfect

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Japanese fruits are not just cultivated for taste, but for aesthetics as well. Their appearance is simply stunning, with uniform sizes and vibrant colours. The skins of these fruits are also blemish-free, which is what makes them so perfect for gifting.

#3 There are so many varieties of Japanese fruits to choose from

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You’ll never run out of gift ideas, even if you make Japanese fruits your default gift of choice. There are different fruits available during the different seasons, like cherries in spring, peaches and melons in summer, and apples in autumn. And the same fruit can have many different varieties, each with its own unique taste profile. Just think about it - you could even organise a fun tasting session using different varieties of the same fruit!

#4 Japanese fruits are symbolically regarded as a sign of respect, appreciation or loyalty

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You’re probably aware of the higher price tag on Japanese fruits, but do you know why? It's because it takes a lot of work to produce such high-quality fruits. 

Take peaches for example - Japanese peaches are mainly grown in basins surrounded by mountains due to the temperature conditions. And to ensure a harvest of big, sweet and juicy peaches, the farmers have to tend to the trees meticulously all throughout spring and summer. They would removing excess buds and fruits by hand for better nutrient distribution, put up support stakes so that bigger fruits can be borne, and lay sheets on the ground to reflect UV rays - which results in beautifully-coloured peaches. 

When it comes to Japanese fruits, quality is prioritised over quantity, which also means that they are limited in quantity and might not be as readily available compared to the fruits you can get from your local supermarket. 

As such, gifting someone with fruits is often seen as a sign of respect, appreciation or loyalty in Japan. This symbolic meaning is clearly reflected in the fruit’s packaging as well. You would find that most Japanese fruits come with more luxurious-looking wrapping, while the higher-end ones might already be carefully packed into elaborate gift boxes. 

#5 They work for all sorts of occasions

Michelle Chong at the media event organised by the Japan Fruit and Vegetable Export Council and the Japan Food Products Overseas Promotion Center. Photo from JFOODO

Trust us, nobody will say no to a hamper of Japanese fruits - no matter what the occasion is! For instance, Japanese fruits are great for sharing at events such as birthday celebrations, family gatherings and housewarming parties. Know of someone who just got promoted, married or welcomed a new bundle of joy? Premium Japanese fruits make for a thoughtful gift as well, as it is a healthy choice and can be enjoyed by everyone! 

This label indicates that the produce is a high-quality Japanese product. Photo from JFOODO

Here’s a tip for those of you who are getting premium Japanese fruits as gifts - besides buying them from Japanese specialty stores and supermarkets, look out for the “Japan-grown Fruit” label. Established by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this label is a unified brand mark for Japanese fruit exports, so overseas buyers such as ourselves can easily identify which produce is a high-quality Japanese product. 

Find out more about Japanese fruits and where you can buy them in Singapore here.

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