All About Japan

Sink Your Teeth into Natural Sakura Ice Cream

| Sweets , Cherry Blossoms

While Baskin Robbins has its own sakura-flavored ice cream, it's got nothing on this ice cream shop's savory cherry blossom-flavored ice cream delight!

While Akihabara remains Tokyo’s mecca for all things anime and technological, it’s also home to a burgeoning scene for B-class gourmet, what Japanese foodies call extremely affordable but genuinely tasty delicacies. On one of Akihabara’s backstreets you’ll find Café Euro.

Despite the name, Café Euro’s ice cream selection has a number of Japanese-inspired flavors, like matcha green tea, yuzu citrus fruit, Hokkaido melon and black sesame.

But perhaps the most Japanese of all is sakura, which is being offered as a special flavor right now. Unlike other sakura-flavored sweets, which use ground-up blossoms or extracts, Café Euro’s ice cream has whole sakura flowers mixed into it. Technically, they’re shiozuke sakura, in which the petals are treated with salt.

You might imagine eating a flower to be a bitter, rubbery ordeal, but because of how they’re prepared, the shiozuke sakura have a sweet, salty flavor. They’re also not tough at all—they give the ice cream a slightly chewy yet extremely pleasing texture.

Like all of Café Euro’s ice cream, the sakura flavor is available in either a cone or a cup, and is priced at ¥300 (US$2.70) for a single scoop. It’s available for a limited—though unspecified—time, so head over early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Related Stories:
Lindt Japan brings spring to their shops with beautiful pink sakura drinks and macarons!
What are you waiting for? Sakura pancakes are in Japanese convenience stores right now!
McDonald’s Japan celebrates cherry blossom season with new cherry frappe and mocha drinks

Read full story: en.rocketnews24.com