December 12, 2016
AH! I can’t begin to tell you how disappointing this was. I actually think this might be one of our first videos in which we’re disappointed about food! I feel hornswoggled!
As a general rule, we’ve found that the more expensive the fruit in Japan, the tastier it is. We had a similar experience in Korea with the Super Expensive Fruit video, and while we haven’t necessarily bought fruit that expensive regularly in Japan, we’ve found that, if you have the choice, spending an extra 50 yen for an apple makes a noticeable difference in taste. And so, when we saw a box of nine strawberries for $43, almost $5 a strawberry, we were expecting to be blown away. And we were: we were blown away at HOW BAD THEY WERE.
I’m trying to convince myself that these tasted bad because we got them at the beginning of strawberry season, which – from what I’ve been told – starts in December. Maybe if we wait a couple more months, the strawberries will taste a lot better. But, you know, I there’s a part of me kind of doubt it, because the strawberries that we got for $7 tasted infinitely better than the white strawberries. SO MUCH BETTER!
Also, I read about white strawberries beforehand, and I was pumped: except I read about the wrong ones. The ones that I was expecting to eat were pineberries, which are a crossbreed between strawberries and pineapples. That sounds AMAZING! These strawberries, though, aren’t pineberries. These are supposedly white because they’re not grown in light. Maybe that’s why they lack taste? I’ve got no clue. I’d love to try some pineberries, though!
And, yes, I know that for the “cheap” strawberries, $7 for 14 is still very freaking expensive by North American standards. I know. I remember. The two of us used to go strawberry picking and would get buckets of strawberries for cheaper than that. But now $7 doesn’t feel as bad anymore. We’re used to produce being expensive in Asia. Because, really, fruit in Asia just tastes so much better than the fruit we had in Canada that grew all year round. Fruit in Korea and Japan is just super delicious, except for the white strawberries that taste like disappointment. Most fruit here doesn’t taste like disappointment.
On an unrelated note, we’re kinda missing answering your questions and talking with you that way in our videos, like we used to in our TL;DR videos. So, if you’ve got some questions, shoot them here in the comments or on Twitter. We’d like to get something like that started again, where we can share some thoughts and anecdotes :D