Fried Maple Leaves Are A Tasty Autumn Snack In Japan
As beautiful as they are, autumn leaves can become a huge headache when it comes to clogged gutters and un-raked yards. Japan, however, has turned this seasonal flood of garbage into a tasty treat by frying their maple leaves in lightly sweetened batter.
The snack, which seems to be a specialized delicacy from the Osaka area in Japan, is made by frying Japanese maple leaves in tempura batter. The pros in the city of Minoh in North Osaka preserve the leaves for a year in salt barrels, but other recipes don’t seem to demand this lengthy step. www.boredpanda.com
Just before you pass the halfway point to Minoh Falls, you will see a bronze statue of Hideyo Noguchi on the hill on your left. He is one of the most respected Japanese bacteriologists who first discovered Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphillis, in the brain of persons suffering from paralysis in 1911. You can see his face on the Japanese 1,000 yen bill today.
In 1915, Hideyo Noguchi came back to Japan from the U.S.A. where he was a member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. His reason for returning was to see his aging mother and as it was, he treated her to a delicious meal here in the Minoh mountains and took her to see the Minoh Falls. Minoh citizens were so moved by his graciousness towards his mother that they built a bronze statue in his honour in 1955. http://www.minohfalls.com