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为什么有些日本人吃西瓜要放盐? [美国网评]

五毛网 美国 2017年09月07日 来源:龙腾网
Why do some Japanese people add salt to watermelons when eating?



Martin Schneider, travelling there at least once a year
Answered Sep 22, 2014
First of all, adding a bit of salt to any sweet dish will cause additional taste buds (the ones for 'salty') to fire when that food is in your mouth. 


If the dose is right, you won't taste much of the actual salt - instead the thereby heightened total "taste signal level" will make the 'sweet!' signal even more intense for your brain.


But even if you add more salt (so that it becomes part of the conscious taste level): keep in mind that watermelons are a very seasonal food in Japan, almost only consumed in summer. Now add the fact that Japanese summers are notorious for being brutally sweltering - and will inevitably make you sweat a lot. In such an environment, your body will shed a lot of salt via your sweat over the day, thus actually making you crave salt ... which is generally part of why slightly salty/bitter drinks are pretty popular in hot countries.


Adding to that, note that watermelons in Japan are (almost) always cooled or sometimes even iced. This is of course done to provide added pleasure in the heat, but it also has  the inevitable disadvantage that (like any cooled foods) the flavor  will be less intense - soooo, yet another reason to help things a bit with a dash of salt.

另外,请注意在日本西瓜(几乎)总是冷藏的,有时甚至是冰冻的。当然这是为了在炎日里提供额外的凉爽,但它也有不可避免的缺点(像任何冷藏食物一样),口味没有那么强了。所以呢,这就是加点盐给食物调一下味的另一个理由。"Crazy Japanese" you say? (*)


Trust me, you will think very different about that... when you eat your first dreamy cool, salty, sweet, juicy watermelon. Outside, on a scorching hot Japanese summer day.


*) Note that this is just a novelty item for the extreme people, even in Japan. Normal Japanese are usually not rolling around with these. Still, it illustrates the general idea of "Watermelons must be cooled to be delicious!"


Sadako Tetsuwan
Sadako Tetsuwan, studied at Austin College
Answered Sep 22, 2014
Maybe they just like the taste? My grandmother (not Asian) was a prolific salter--she salted watermelon and bananas and anything else that would sit still. She just really likes salt.


She was also a smoker, so she might have needed the salt to improve the flavor of foods. Her doctors told her to cut back on sodium after she quit smoking, and I haven't heard her complain about not being able to salt watermelon anymore, so there might be a connection there.


Takao Ishigaki
Takao Ishigaki, Moved to Japan in 2004 after growing up in Canada
Answered Sep 22, 2014
The salt is added to the watermelon to draw out and heighten the natural sweetness of the fruit.  This is what I am told, though I am not entirely convinced that adding salt will have the desired effect.  I do believe that this is the same principle for the recent trend in "salted caramel" desserts.


Eiri Chieko Endo
Answered Aug 27
I've put salt on watermelon since I was a kid, my mom and grandma did it too. Sometimes, when I'm at safeway picking up watermelons I think that it'll be sweet, only to cut into it and find that it has absolutely no sweetness, no flavor whatsoever. Sprinkle some salt on it though and all the sweetness, all the water comes to the surface and it tastes so much better. It's really no different from the mexicans putting that chili mixture on their fruit, but we don't want spicy on our watermelon.


Narendran Sivakumar, Engineer, History buff and self professed know it all
Answered Sep 22, 2014
Because it tastes amazing ! Indians do it too, sometimes adding a little spice as well. the taste you get when the salt and the juicy watermelon combine is unique and just plain awesome.


If you eat watermelons occasionally, you might just stick with the fruit, but if you have been eating it as often as the Japanese or Most Asians, you tend to experiment !


Kim Huynh
Kim Huynh, not a native speaker
Answered Oct 4, 2014
Because it tastes so much better - see Martin Schneider's more informed answer on this - people eat watermelons with salt in Vietnam too. 

因为尝起来好吃多了。看看Martin Schneider的更丰富的答案——越南人吃西瓜也放盐。David W. Rudlin
David W. Rudlin, Novelist, corporate poo bah, foodaholic, political junkie.
Answered Jun 6, 2016
My Mom, who's from Alabama, salts her watermelon. She swears it brings out the juiciness. Salts her tomatoes for the same reason.


James Andrada, studied at Harvard University
Answered Aug 27
Maybe for the same reason that Americans do? Because it tastes good? My father always sprinkled salt on his watermelon and he was a native of Brooklyn. So I do it too .


Sunao Munakata, Entreprenuer
Answered Sep 23, 2014
Because a little bit of salts makes water melon sweeter.


Amit Kaushik, works at Samsung Mobile
Answered Apr 22, 2016
They do the right thing this is how watermelon should be consumed for best taste :-)


Try it in Indian way sometime for even better taste that is sprinkle some black salt or chat masala that is even better


BTW in my country watermelon is cheapest available fruit however in some other countries in northern hemisphere how much expensive and exotic it can be.


Eric Smith, works at Rossignol
Answered Jul 31
I'm an American. We did this too as kids!


Tanmay Ladkat
Updated Jul 27
not just the Japanese, we Indians too sprinkle salt on watemelon…..it just lifts the taste sooo much.


Sue Umezaki, lives in Japan
Answered Feb 1
Martin Schneider explains the why perfectly.
We always salted our watermelon in my family growing up as well (Georgia, USA), and other answerers from hot climates seem to say the same.

Martin Schneider完美地解释了为什么。

Quora User, Three degrees and I deliver pizza for a living.
Answered Mar 15, 2016
I wasn't aware that adding salt to watermelons was unusual.  My parents and grandparents were born and raised in Mobile, AL USA.  To them (and now me) salting watermelon is as normal as mustard on hotdogs.
As others have mentioned, salt, in moderation, enhances the flavor quite a bit.


Quora User, works at Colleges and Universities
Answered Wed
Just try it. It will make watermelons more sweet.