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.
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.
2. Most Sakura flowers have five petals. The ones with more than five petals (sometimes going up to a hundred) are known as yaezakura.
3. The 100 yen coin features the cherry blossom.
4. If you’re a fan of raw horse meat, you should know that the Japanese call it ‘sakura’ after its pinkish shade.
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.