The subtropical climate of Amami makes it an ideal place to grow a variety of fruits, and Amami is often the location where various fruits ripen the earliest. June marks the season of sumomo (a type of plum), dragonfruit, and passion fruit, which all make refreshing treats to beat the humidity.
Locals eat them as-is, as well as use the fruit for jams, gelato, dried fruit, and more! Head on in to any izakaya (Japanese pub) and you are sure to find Kokuto Shochu liquor mixed with fresh fruit juice, and those who prefer a non-alcoholic drink can usually order a soft drink version.
Be sure to try out these iconic fruits and get a taste of Amami summers!