What is Anmitsu?
Anmitsu (あんみつ, rarely 餡蜜?) is a Japanese dessert that has been popular for many decades.
It is made of small cubes of agar jelly, a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed. The agar is dissolved with water (or fruit juice such as apple juice) to make the jelly. It is served in a bowl with sweet azuki bean paste or anko (the an part of anmitsu), boiled peas, often gyūhi and a variety of fruits such as peach slices, mikan, pieces of pineapples, and cherries. The anmitsu usually comes with a small pot of sweet black syrup, or mitsu (the mitsu part of anmitsu) which one pours onto the jelly before eating.
Anko is a sweet red bean paste and it’s one ingredient of the Anmitsu dessert.
Shiratama is rice dumpling that we sometimes put in the Anmitsu dessert. We can see variations of Anmitsu with and without it.
We aslo add fruits such as sliced peach, mikan (mandarin), cherry, and sometimes pineapple, kiwi or strawberries.