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"Tokushima's very own citrus fruit 'Sudachi'" Tokushima Local Custom Tip by dlandt

Tokushima Local Customs: 18 reviews and 33 photos

  Sudachi fruit
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  • Sudachi fruit - Tokushima
      Sudachi fruit
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  • Sudachi-shu - Tokushima
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  • Super Sudachi-chu - Tokushima
      Super Sudachi-chu
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Sudachi is a small green citrus fruit found only in Tokushima. They make a variety of drinks from it, though it isn't served intact to eat because it tends to be too tart, kind of like a very zesty lime or a toned down lemon. A variety of alcoholic beverages are made from sudachi which are common and cheap in Tokushima, though not as readily available in the rest of Japan, where they can also be quite expensive. I don't think they are normally available outside of Japan.

Super Sudachi Chu has a fruity, modestly sweet finish edge to it. The label proclaims it a vodka based drink, but I consider it a variation of standard Japanese sochu. Regardless of how it is classified, the brew won Brussels’ Mondiale Qualite awards in 2006. This drink is 50 proof, Russian for ‘water’ but in keeping with the typical strength of a sochu drink.

My preference, sudachi shu, is by comparison a very light, clear beverage, not quite as strong as wine, with a flavor usually paired with grilled fish. This drink is both light and easy to drink, especially for women, whose tastes can be much softer than those of men.

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  • Written Jan 11, 2008
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