Abita Satsuma Wit – Episode 74

Posted by Paulon September 16, 2009 |
Abita Satsuma Wit – Episode 74

Made with real Louisiana Satsumas, Abita introduces Satsuma Harvest Wit. Pale and cloudy, this white beer has a sweet and subtle citrus flavor with a touch of spice that is cool and refreshing. Another excellent summer beer to think about when you need something cool and refreshing on a hot day.

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3 Responses

  • Ryan Said,

    I really like the Abita beers and how they taste. I have had most of them and the Pecan Harvest is one of my favorites but I need to try this one here soon.

    Posted on September 18th, 2009 at 1:12 am

  • Michael Said,

    I believe “satsuma” is a variety of plum.

    Posted on September 19th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

  • Paul Said,

    Hey Michael – you are correct and incorrect. I searched and found this:

    A satsuma is a small seedless member of the citrus family. It is sometimes called a satsuma mandarin, since it closely resembles the mandarin orange. Satsumas are sweet, hardy, and easy to grow, making them a popular citrus cultivar around the world.

    However, another search did find a Satsuma Plumb Tree that produces, of course, Satsuma Plumbs, so you are correct.

    The Louisiana Satsuma is the citrus. I found this in another search:

    The Louisiana Satsuma was imported from Japan in the early 1800’s and immediately adapted by the populace with it’s easily separated sections of sweet, brilliant orange fruit and easy to peel, mottled green & yellow skin.

    The name, Satsuma, was created by the wife of the US Minister to Japan, General Van Valkenburg, who sent trees home in 1878 from Satsuma, the name of a former province, now Kagoshima Prefecture. During the period 1908-1911, approximately a million Satsuma trees were imported from Japan and planted throughout the lower Gulf Coast states from Florida to Texas. While this fruit is grown primarily for fresh consumption, a portion of the crop is canned as fruit segments or juice.

    The Satsuma that was introduced in the early 1880s, possessed more cold hardiness than other sweet citrus plants and prompted the planting of citrus in the more northern latitudes of Louisiana. By the 1890s, Satsuma trees were planted extensively along all the southern Louisiana parishes.

    Thanks so much far taking the time to post Michael, I do appreciate it!!

    Posted on September 19th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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