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Sweet lemon bars with 'biwa' (Japanese apricot)

By Amya Miller

Welcome to Savvy Tokyo’s “New Approach to Cuisine” series: our awesome challenge of incorporating traditional Japanese food into our baking and cooking repertoire, all presented to you by yours truly, Amya, aka the Pie Queen.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are plentiful in Japan and so here I am doing what I do best — tweaking recipes to come up with food I truly miss. Today, I’m introducing one very special fruit I’ve only seen in Japan: biwa (びわ). I’d like to refer to biwa as Japanese apricots though the taste is slightly different than the typical apricot you’re probably used to from back home — wherever home is, really! Consider biwa a softer, sweeter, less tart apricot. The formal name of this fruit is loquat, but… since that doesn’t give us much extra information, here they are:  

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Biwa is one of the most easily accessible and delicious Japanese summer fruits that can be turned into any fabulous desserts you can think of. I paired it with lemons and couldn’t be happier. The lemon custard is tart, pucker-inducing deliciousness and the biwa adds soft, tangy-sweet goodness. A sure crowd-pleasing addition to your brunch, lunch, tea or dinner.  

Here’s how to make yours.

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Might try - we have too many of them at the moment from our trees - its seems this year was a good one for biwa.

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Sorry Amya, they look delicious, but 'Japanese Apricot' is the formal name for Ume, what some mistakenly call Japanese plum.

Oh, and a ripe Biwa is heaven indeed.

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Not anything like an apricot, bland and pithy.

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Too much sugar for Diabetes.

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