Masaaki Todome has been growing Kogyoku apples organically for over 30 years. When we caught up with him, he was spraying his trees with a bonito and seaweed extract rich in calcium. “See how the leaves grow thick and upright?” he said. “They’re the lens for photosynthesis. The more light they catch, the more starches are built and the sweeter the fruit. Calcium makes the apples dense and last longer.”
After college Todome spent half a year studying apple cultivation in Oregon, where much of the focus lay on increasing yield, even at the expense of growing sturdy trees. There an old back injury worsened, which led him to study acupuncture and moxibustion. He realized that the production of healthy fruit demands healthy growing practices, and today he incorporates holistic Eastern thinking into his farming.
◎Warakudo Wholesome Orchard
28 Akedo, Nanbu-cho Omukai, Sannohe-gun, Aomori
（The Cuisine Magazine /December 2018）