Les canelés de saison | “Ananas” et “Fleur de sel de Guérande”

    Listening to the chorus of the cicadas, we hope you are doing well. Tomorrow, August 2nd is the day of herbs. The day was designated in 2017 to propagate the tastiness and the physical and mental health benefits herbs could bring. The word “herb” originates from the Latin word “Herba”, the grass. It seems that herbal teas and aromatherapy were brought in from the west but the Japanese have been utilizing wild leaves in everyday life for a long time. Those that grow naturally in Japan, such as perilla, Japanese myoga ginger, sansho pepper and ginger, are called “Wa-herb” or the Japanese herbs and there are more than 100 kinds. We can find some of the herbs: ginger, garlic and Hajikami (sansho pepper) even on Kojiki, the oldest history book found in Japan. The herbs are multipurpose, used as preservation, flavoring, medicines and insect repellent. To celebrate this day, it may be fun to start growing them in your garden or cook dishes with them. Our pair of seasonal canelés for this month, “Pineapple” and “Salt of Guérande” are available from today, August 1st. Pineapple canelés have dried pineapples covered by white sweet bean paste inside, dolled up with homemade fresh pineapple jam on top. This tropical, summery canelé brings out pineapple’s sweet, sour taste. The Salt of Guérande canelés are made with salty dough flavored with “fruits of the sea” or salt of Guérande, France. You would enjoy the fresh afternote spreading as the mild saltiness gently brings out its sweetness.