I have seen them at roadside stations and supermarkets, but never eaten or purchased "banpeiyu" before. The other day, a grower in Wakamatsu gave me some and I was able to try them for the first time.

It is one of the largest citrus fruits in the world, about the size of your face. It also weighs about 2 kg. The fresh citrus aroma is soothing. I cut as I had researched and peeled off the thickest skin imaginable by hand, and found it to be packed with plump pulp.

Each piece of pulp is not soft and crisp like a mandarin orange. In addition to the moderate sourness and bitterness, you can enjoy the new texture. Since there were plenty of them, I was thinking of mixing them with yogurt or making them into jelly, but my children and I couldn't stop ourselves from eating them.

Like the fava beans, when they are protected by so much skin and wadding, is it just me, or does my motherhood tingle, thinking that they were carefully protected? I feel affection for them.

The skin can be used in baths, and the pith can be candied. It is very exciting to eat for the first time. Big, big banpeiyu. If you have not tried it yet, please give it a try. It is highly recommended.

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