3 Okinawa Icy cool tropical desserts you cannot miss

The most important Okinawan fruits!

 Mango

Mango

Season: Jun–Jul

The king of Okinawan fruits, the apple mango is known for its sweetness.

Guava

Guava

Season: Aug–Oct

A juicy fruit with a strong fruity aroma that you can have raw. It is also called ‘panshiru’ in Okinawa.

Pineapple

Pineapple

Season: Jul–Nov

There are many different varieties including beach pineapple, with its sweet aroma. The most pineapples in Japan are produced by Higashi-son Village in the northern part of the Main Island of Okinawa.

Island banana

Island banana

Season: Jun–Sep

A locally grown banana with concentrated sweetness. It’s more expensive than regular bananas as its production is very limited.

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Season: Jul–Nov

A fruit belonging to the cactus family, its red or white flesh has a light taste (despite what you expect from its appearance).

Sheqwasha

Sheqwasha

Season: Jul–Feb

A fruit commonly used in sour juices and as a replacement for sudachi lemon. In Japanese it is called the ‘Hirami’ lemon.

Passion fruit

Passion fruit

Season: Feb–Jul

Known for its jelly-like flesh, the seeds are edible, giving the flesh that lumpy texture.

Ice mountain (shaved ice) with tropical fruits

It’s a fruit pyramid! The ice cream and fruit toppings complement each other very well.

Gelato loaded with tropical fruits and famous local snacks. There are plenty of chilly sweets that bring a smile with each bite. Cool down with zenzai and other delicious treats.

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Soupple-dragon-fruit

Soupple (dragon fruit) ¥450

A mix of jelly and fruit juice. Come experience this low calorie juice!

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Ice-cream-champuru

Ice cream champuru ¥500

Your choice of ice cream with rice pearls and yoghurt. Limited from Oct to Jun.

Store recommendation

Ryu-Pin 琉冰 West Cost Resort

Well-known for its shaved ice topped with locally farmed seasonal fruits, there is a rich variety to pick from, especially during summer, including mango, pineapple, dragon fruit and others. Expect a long queue during holidays.
Location Kin Onna no Eki, 1656-9, Nakadomari, Onna-son Village
How-to-go-by-car 4km from Ishikawa IC
opening-hours 10 am – 7 pm
Closed None
Parking 124 spaces
Use benches at Onna No Eki (non-smoking tables available)
* Fruit availability will vary by season

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‘This is Southern Country!’ is shown at the entrance. The staff are also friendly.

Okinawa fruit parfait ¥1300

The refreshing homemade frozen yogurt brings out the flavour of the fruits.
Papaya  Island Banana  Watermelon  Dragon fruit  Starfruit  Yam  Passion fruit  Sheqwasa
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Store recommendation

BRILLIANTE MOTOBU HILLS Near Churaumi Aquarium

Luxurious sweets with the taste of local fruits! Have a moment of bliss on the terrace seats with a view of the East China Sea and Sesokojima Island.
Location 522-1, Sakimotobu, Motobu-cho
How-to-go-by-car 20 km from Kyoda IC
opening-hours 11.30 am – 6 pm
Closed Thu– Fri (Jul–Sep, Thu only)
Parking 8 spaces
32 seats (non-smoking café)
* Lodgings are available.

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Traditional taste zenzai: 3-coloured kintoki

Okinawan zenzai is not a red bean soup, but a dessert of shaved ice. Cool and sweet, zenzai is a traditional dessert in Okinawa for summer.

Made with 3 colours from strawberry, lemon and melon syrup. This beautiful zenzai was born in this veteran shop.

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Delicious Bean-telligence

【What is zenzai?】
Kintoki beans are boiled down to a sweet blend, topped with shaved ice and sweetened with brown sugar or syrup. Many new variations have recently been created.
【How long has zenzai existed?】
There is a 50-year-old photo in ‘Sennich’ of a shop with the word ‘zenzai’ on it. That is the oldest known record of its existence

Store recommendation

Higashi Shokudo ひがし食堂 Near Churaumi Aquarium

Opened 38 years ago, cold dishes such as zenzai are well-loved here. The most popular item is milk zenzai (¥360).
Location 2-7-1, Ohigashi, Nago City
How-to-go-by-car 8km from Kyoda IC
opening-hours 11 am – 6.30 pm last order
Closed Mon (Jul–Aug, none)
Parking 4 spaces
30 seats (non-smoking store)
* This store has that lively, big city atmosphere.

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