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2016/07/04

Visiting Morita’s Farm!

Hello it’s Mai!
 
Today I went to Morita’s Farm. Yuki also came with me for the interview. Thank you very much to everyone who supported this interview under the blazing sun.
 
Mr. Morita farm has his farm at the back of the Midoro pond in Kitayama. The farm features the Kyoto traditional vegetables “Kamo eggplant” name after Kamigamo. Mr. Kouji Morita the 4 generation and his father Mr. Yoshihiko Morita continues the farm for more than 100 years at this Kamigamo area.
 
It is important for eggplants to shine. The eggplants becomes thick-skin in order to protect themselves from high temperature. So watering and fertilizer is necessary to make the eggplant shine. In addition Mr. Morita see the flowers to check whether an actual fertilizer is effective. When a floral stigma breaks out of pollen, a fertilizer is really effective, and when it's hollow, he see that there are few fertilizers.
 
Kamo eggplant is more round compared to the normal eggplant.  He uses the big hoop made by metal to measure the diameter is 10.4cm.
 
Do you know the difference between Kamo eggplant and the normal ones? Other than the shape, Kamo eggplant is more hard, so it goes well with Dengaku or Tempura. Also the branch breaks into three and can only grow 10 eggplants per seedlings. Now in July is a peak and it’s also very popular for the tourist. The Kamo eggplants will often used on the dishes in Japanese-style hotel and a hotel as well!
 
Adding more informations, Morita Farm uses a special way to take out the seeds (Tanetori). They said that they do Tanetori at Kamigamo shrine with purification ceremony! It can easily say that he makes the real Kyoto vegetable.
 
Through this opportunity it was my first time to know that official name of Kamo eggplant is "Oh-serikawa-nasu". One of the story tells that the various vegetables seeds carried in to centre of Kyoto (When Kyoto was once the centre of Japan in old days ago), and because it was grew in Kamo, it named Kamo eggplant. So that is why Kamo eggplant had a different name.
 
“Growing vegetables is like raising children” says the 3rd generation Yoshihiko. It is difficult to grow the vegetables these days. In the old days they didn’t need a plastic bag to cover the vegetables, but now it is necessary to do this to sell it to the customers. However, organic farming already comes at cost high, and using plastic covers will make them more costly. Therefore, it is hard for them to do manage the farm. To add to these problems, Japan is facing a serious aging population and people started to care about hygiene and product quality for food.
 
Mr. Morita is challenging to collect fan by starting a new thing. ex) making a recipe of how to cook by using his vegetables, and  new products as such as jam by Kamo eggplant. etc.  He is working on very hard to grow tasty vegetables with big love.

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