Sakuramochi

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Sakuramochi
A rice cake filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry leaf,katori-city,japan.JPG
Sakuramochi (Tokyo-style)
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsSweet pink-colored rice cake, red bean paste, pickled cherry blossom leaf
Other informationTraditionally consumed on Hinamatsuri and at Hanami
Kansai-style sakuramochi
Sakuramochi (a variation of Kansai style)

Sakuramochi (桜餅) is a Japanese sweet consisting of sweet pink-colored rice cake (mochi) with a red bean paste (anko) center, and wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom (sakura) leaf. Different regions of Japan have different styles of sakuramochi. Kanto-style uses shiratama-ko (白玉粉, rice flour) to make the rice cake, and Kansai-style uses dōmyōji-ko (道明寺粉, glutinous rice flour). The sweet is traditionally eaten during the spring season, and especially on Girl's Day (hinamatsuri; March 3) and at flower viewing parties (hanami).[1]

The interior of a sakuramochi, showing the red-bean paste inside.

The leaf may or may not be eaten, depending on individual preference.

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