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Okayama's Pione
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1-1, Daiku Omotemachi, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama, Japan

fully ripe Pione with a certain reason
from Okayama 600g
Best-Before Date: About 3 days in the fridge

Harvest Season: Late August to mid-October (outdoors), a little earlier in the house


Muscat of Alexandria, Seto Giants (Momotaro grape), and many other varieties of high quality grapes are grown in Okayama, with Pioneer being the most famous variety in Japan (2011).

The Pioneer is a modified version of the giant grape, which is said to be bigger, sweeter and more fragrant. It's a seedless grape that has become synonymous with fine grapes in recent years. These days, there are so many varieties of grapes that I don't even know what they are. In addition, recently, many varieties that can even be eaten from the skin are being made.

By the way, it is said that the best place for grapes is a place with little precipitation, long hours of sunshine and a large temperature difference between morning and evening. I looked it up and it's said to be "the land of sunshine", and it ranks first in terms of the amount of precipitation (average for 30 years up to 2010), ahead of Yamanashi, which ranks second.

The price is very expensive, so this time I'm going to go with the "reasonably priced" one. This summer's heat didn't cause it to turn black, and the slight redness is the reason why it's "for a reason".

The shaft is thick, the whole thing is decadent, and it's a three-dimensional raised Pioneer (it's a shame it doesn't come across in the image). When I tried to pick out one of these large grains, it smelled like grapes, or even wine... When I took a bite and a half of it, I found it to be an unmistakable "grape" flavor. The inside is transparent white, isn't it?

The lack of seeds makes it less troublesome and less sour, but the taste is the same from the skin to the center, and it is uniform no matter which grain you eat. It's like picking up the honors students of your grade (in school terms) and putting them together in one class. Well, I guess that's what's expected of a fine grape. I've heard that in a bunch, the one near the top branch is sweeter. These are all good though.
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