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Shekwasha, The Green Jewel Full of Nutrition

Shekwasha, The Green Jewel Full of Nutrition

Okinawa is not short on families who grow their own fruit in their gardens.

When walking around residential areas, the ones most likely to be seen are bananas, mangos, dragon fruit and guava. There is also papaya but instead of being a fruit, this is considered a vegetable in Okinawa and is either pickled or cooked.

When in Okinawa, it can be fun to take a stroll and discover fresh fruit in unexpected places, not just in private gardens but also on the streets where the Okinawan citrus fruit, Shekwasha, can be found.

When in Okinawa, it can be fun to take a stroll and discover fresh fruit in unexpected places, not just in private gardens but also on the streets where the Okinawan citrus fruit, Shekwasha, can be found.

When March arrives, the white flowers of the Shekwasha trees bloom all at once and when they reach full blossom, the mountains where they are grown turn completely white.
The harvest begins in late August and lasts for roughly half a year, until the end of February.

When ripe, the Shekwasha turn orange. However, in Okinawa they are harvested while still green and pressed to make fruit juice or used in cooking. They are also used to make Awamori, a type of alcoholic drink unique to Okinawa.

As this fruit contains high levels of vitamin C and citrus acid, it is highly nutritious and is said to have the benefits of relieving fatigue, improving blood circulation and rejuvenating skin.

This is a fruit that should not be forgotten while on your travels in Okinawa!