Kumamoto

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Enjoy the Refreshing Aroma of Banpeiyu, One of the World's Largest Citrus Fruits

Banpeiyu, a large citrus fruit with a thick, pale yellow peel originating in Southeast Asia, was first cultivated in Japan in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, and it was harvested in earnest starting in the 1930s. This is still a major farming area for the fruit, and around 90% of the banpeiyu grown in Japan comes from here. It is said to be one of the largest citrus fruits in the world, and can be as large as 25cm in diameter and 2kg in weight! Not only are they delicious, but you can also leave them out after harvesting to enjoy their refreshing aroma. To learn more about this fruit, we visited Junichi Nishida, a local citrus farmer who grows banpeiyu without pesticides or fertilizers.

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