New pie flavour: “Scent Of First Love”
While we are looking for the most red and ripe strawberries to decorate our Valentine’s Day tarts and sweets, in Japan the trend is a little different. A pastry maker named Qu’il Fait Bon managed to gather the essence of love in one tart, by covering it with white strawberries. The rare fruit is called Hatsukoi no Kaori, which literally translates to “The Scent of First Love” and is the result of 20 years of research done by Miyoshi Agritech Co.
The odd fruit is also known as pineberry and it has it’s origins in South Africa, where they appeared as a wild variety of strawberry but was threatened with extinction until 2003, when Dutch farmers began growing it commercially. Even if they look like a sister of the well known strawberry, the pineberry has flavour and smell closer to that of the pineapple.
There is not a clear connection between the the pineberry and Hatsukoi no Kaori, so we don’t know for sure if the ones “invented” by Miyoshi Agritech Co. are the same ones that we can also find in Germany and UK, but for sure they look alike. There are japanese people who say that the white ones taste just like a regular strawberry, while a lot of Europeans tend to believe that it’s just a pineberry branded with a different name, but we could only find out by trying a slice of this very famous pie. But one thing is for sure: this treat doesn’t come cheap.
With a flaky pie crust and smooth Bavarian cream, only one slice costs 1,630 yen ($13.87) and the entire tart is worth 12,420 yen ($105.67) and that is not little for this beautiful dessert. But if you decide to run to Japan and get a piece you have to be quick, because the dessert will be available until the end of February. So if you don’t know what to buy for Valentine’s Day and you have a lot of money, just make a nice trip and enjoy the “The Scent of First Love” and don’t forget to let me know if they taste like pineapple or like strawberry.
Source: My Modern Met