Akihime Plum is a large seedling that was discovered by Mr. Shoichiro Kojima in his garden in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture around 1963. In 1989, Tenkoen Co., Ltd.（Higashine City）released a seedling under the name of “Surprise Plum”. was done. In February 1991, the name was changed to Akihime Sumomo and it was registered as a variety. The main production area is Yamagata, and the breeding right has expired. There is a high possibility that it will be available in various parts of the Tohoku region. It is available from mid-September to mid-October each year.
Cultivation began in Yamagata Prefecture around the 1970s, and more than 80% of the production is said to be in the inland Murayama area. In recent years, it seems that the number of young and new producers who produce large-ball, sweet, high-value-added varieties is increasing. In addition, there is “Homan yellow plum”, which is a branch of Akihime plum, which is lemon-colored by marsupial cultivation. It is a phantom fruit grown by only a few farmers in Yamagata Prefecture. Machines can never do that. The shining golden plums are the result of the farmer’s unparalleled efforts. The white powder on the skin is called bloom, and it is useful as a proof of the sugar content. Gently touch the top of the bag to determine the degree of ripeness. Although the variety is not registered, it is registered as a trademark. Registrant: Suzuki Shuhoen (Tsuruhagi Town, Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture). However, the production volume is small and it is difficult to obtain.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Variety Registration, the registration date of Akihime plum was February 21, 1991, and the breeder’s right expired on February 22, 2009. The registered cultivar is Tenkoen Co., Ltd. (Nakajima-dori, Higashine City, Yamagata Prefecture). It is a Goku-Okute variety with a flattened fruit shape, large fruit and yellow flesh. Overall, the amount of fruit powder is medium. The color of the flesh is yellow, the hardness is medium, the coarseness is dense, the juice is high, the sweetness is high (sugar content is about 14 degrees), the sourness is medium, and the astringency and bitterness are nil. The nucleus and pulp are semi-viscous, the nucleus is elliptical in shape, slightly large in size, and yellowish brown in color. Compared to “Kelsey plum”, the appearance of the fruit is oblate, the cavity at the apex is smaller, and the color of the flesh is yellow. Compared to “Taiyo plum”, the appearance of the fruit is flattened, the flesh color is yellow, and the ripening period is late. It is said that the distinction is recognized in.