5 Things You Didn’t Know about Cherry Blossoms

Having just been to Korea and Japan in time to view the blooming of the sakura trees, I decided to do a little more research on them and found so many interesting (and mostly unknown) facts about these gorgeous products of nature! It would be a pity if I didn’t share them with you, so here goes.

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1. Sakura is the ‘unofficial’ flower of Japan, but it actually originated from the Himalayas and was brought over to the Land of the Rising Sun many years ago.

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2. Most Sakura flowers have five petals. The ones with more than five petals (sometimes going up to a hundred) are known as yaezakura.

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via Wikipedia.org

3. The 100 yen coin features the cherry blossom.

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4. If you’re a fan of raw horse meat, you should know that the Japanese call it ‘sakura’ after its pinkish shade.

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via Wikipedia.org

5. Yes, the leaves are edible! It is also used to create a well-known beverage known as the sakurayu, which are salt-pickled blossoms served in hot water. It is traditionally served at omiai (arranged meetings between potential marriage partners) and at weddings because the tea is clear and unclouded, signifying a healthy marriage.

 

 

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