Sakura Mochi – The Perfect Hanami Treat

Sakura Mochi, Cherry Blossom Rice Cakes, Traditional Japanese Food, Sweets & Desserts

When cherry blossom season is approaching you can see them everywhere in Japan.

Sakura Mochi.

It is one of my favorite sakura-flavored spring treats and I highly recommend you to try it when you visit Japan during the Hanami time.

In this blog post, I will tell and show you everything you need to know about Sakura Mochi.

Let’s explore its taste and flavor!

What is Sakura Mochi?

Sakura Mochi is a traditional Japanese sweet or “Wagashi” that represents the cherry blossom season. In English, it translates to “Cherry Blossom Rice Cake“.

The sweet mochi is made of pink-colored rice flour and filled with red bean paste (anko). Sometimes it is also wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom leaf that is edible.

What does Sakura Mochi taste like?

If you have never tasted sakura-flavor before it is a little bit hard to imagine, but I’ll try my best to explain it.

In my opinion, sakura taste is very similar to cherry, but it is a lighter and more bloomy flavor. You can also experience the sweet flowery scent while eating blossom treats.

So Sakura Mochi has the same bloomy flavor combined with the strong sweet taste of the anko filling. If they are wrapped in a sakura leaf the leaf will add a distinctive and very interesting salty flavor.

The texture of Sakura Mochi is usually a little bit more sticky and also a bit more chunky than other mochis. It is also sweeter than other rice cakes.

Can you eat the leaf on sakura mochi?

Ready To Try Mochi Yourself?

Thank you for reading and I hope you are going to try Sakura Mochi next time when you are in Japan!

If you can’t wait until then try the recipe above.
Mochis are really not difficult to make!

See you next time!
Alex (⌒‐⌒)ノ

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Alex (RockinJapan)

Hey. I'm Alex. I've been living in Japan since 2015. Before moving to Tokyo, I traveled through Japan for 7 months to visit all 47 prefectures. Traveling and staying in Japan has been so much fun and such an incredible experience that I decided to write about it. I noticed there isn't a lot of information about hot springs and onsen towns in Japan, so I'm focusing on this topic. Hopefully, my articles will help you to get the most out of your trip and to fully enjoy your time in Japan! Alex

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