Let us celebrate the beginning of summer with a traditional Japanese dessert made with agar

Tue, 13/07/2021 - 07:26
anmitsu agar

As it has already been mentioned in this blog, agar-agar was discovered in Japan and was quickly incorporated into traditional Japanese recipes. To celebrate that summer has begun, let us talk about a traditional Japanese dessert, very popular in hot weather.  
Anmitsu is a traditional dessert that, for decades, has accompanied the Japanese in the summer months. Its light texture and fruity flavor makes it ideal to fight the heat.  
Its star ingredients are anko, a sweet bean, and agar-agar cubes (kanten). It is served with fruit salad and a brown sugar-based syrup called kuromitsu, a basic ingredient in most Japanese sweets. Pieces of fruit or ice cream can also be added. The recipe can be easily found online.