Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

Okinawan farmer taking on the challenge to grow apples in the prefecture

Tobaru who has been challenging apple cultivation in Okinawa, holds a ripe shinanosuit, a type of apple, in the Nodake district of Ginowan City.


July 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Morinobu Tobaru has been trying to cultivate apples in the Nodake district of Ginowan City. He succeeded in cultivating shinanosuit, a type of apple.

The fruit is blue-green, not like red apples. Tobaru said, “It tastes as sweet as regular apples.” He went on to say, “I want to prove that we can cultivate apples in Okinawa.”

Tobaru has been cultivating other types of apples.

He ordered a nursery stock of shinanosuit last January and planted it at his garden. The flower bloomed at the end of last year. Before long, it produced a fruit, which grew and ripened.

To protect the fruit from natural pests such as birds, insects and bats as well as typhoons, Tobaru spread a fly screen over it. Tobaru said, “I think other types of apples planted at my garden will produce fruits.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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