The blooming of sakura or cherry blossoms in Japan is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the planet.

Why are brands like Starbucks and Coca-Cola obsessed with recreating the cherry blossom flavour?

But what flavour is sakura? It is subtle, and there is a distinction between the flower and the leaf

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The blooming of sakura or cherry blossoms in Japan is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the planet.
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Lisa Cam

Lisa Cam

Commissioning Editor at SCMP and Editor of Sands Style magazine, Lisa Cam enjoys reporting and editing all things about food, travel and anything in between. She also draws on years of banking experience to write business and financial articles. At the end of the day, she likes nothing more than kicking back to a good dose of true crime stories and cooking tried and true recipes from sticky old cookbooks.