Saturday, April 17, 2010

Higashi 干菓子

Higashi are sweets generally made with one or more kinds of sugar, particular sorts of flour and some other additives. The flour used in higashi is usually made of rice, but flours made of other ingredients, like azuki, soybean or green pea and starches are also used. Higashi are often served at Japanese tea ceremonies and are colored and shaped to represent the current season. For example in Spring when cherry blossoms are in bloom, you will often be served pink sweets shaped into a cherry blossom leaf. The most common and well-known higashi is rakugan which is a small, solid, and sweet candy.

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