June 8, 2010

The taste of Baobab

Food, Japan

It’s finally summer in Japan and that means it’s time for the annual “what-the-heck” flavored Pepsi again!

Every year, Pepsi Japan comes out with “flavored” versions of their soda for a limited time.  One year it was cucumber Pepsi.  Last year we saw Shiso Pepsi and Azuki bean Pepsi.

This year’s flavor?


So what is Baobab?

Well from the illustrations on the bottle, it kinda looks like it’s related to something in Africa.  Here’s a close up image of the label.

Now, my Japanese is not very good so I cannot make out what it says on there but I do see the word Africa in it.  Also, it looks like Baobab is some kind of tree.

So let’s venture over to wiki and find out more.

Adansonia is a genus containing eight species of trees, native to Madagascar (having six species), mainland Africa and Australia (one species in each). The mainland African species also occurs on Madagascar, but it is not a native of that island.

A typical common name is baobab.

Hmmm, interesting….It does seem like baobab is a type of tree found in Africa.

So now that leaves us with what baobab flavored Pepsi tastes like.

To tell you the truth, I’m a little scared since my previous experiences with the wacky flavored Pepsi’s always ended up with me gagging and wondering why I didn’t listen to that tiny warning voice in my head.

But curiosity always wins out.

Baobab Pepsi tastes like…..well, a little bit like ginger ale with some spices in it.  It’s a little off in the flavor but it’s actually not too bad.  Very sweet, yes, but actually drinkable (unlike the shiso flavored one…yuck).

Baobab Pepsi….what will the people at Pepsi Japan come up with next?

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  • Reply Amber June 9, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Huh, the most interesting it gets over here is cherry or vanilla but I don’t drink pop so huh….

  • Reply Jenners June 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Oh my … those are some weird weird flavors!!!

    And baobab always makes me think of “The Little Prince” book!
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Meet Paco! =-.

  • Reply Mike June 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I still miss the Ice Cucumber flavor… sure it tastes like mouthwash + Sprite, but it was just different.

  • Reply Dan June 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I’m just glad I don’t live in Japan. Here the odd flavors generally involve some form of cherry. (Generally no where near as good as Cherry Coke.)
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Murphy =-.

  • Reply Abby June 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    How strange! I love learning about life in Japan though, especially these little bits and pieces! x

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