Today’s word: mitsumame
The online dictionary I use defines mitsumame as “mixture of boiled beans, jelly cubes, fruit pieces and molasses.” The canned mixture that my mom used to get had mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, pear slices, clear, unflavored gelatin cubes, and azuki beans in sweet syrup. Sometimes my mom would serve it with vanilla ice cream, or with sweet red bean sauce– with the sauce, the dessert is called anmitsu.
When I was a kid, I would only eat the oranges and cherries, and maybe the pears. I left the gelatin cubes and beans.
It never occurred to me to actually make this dessert from scratch until very recently, when I made the red bean (anko) sauce for Lipby. I could choose my own fruit for the dish– mmm.