May - Jun
Spring symbolises the start of the season when asparagus shoots awaken from under the blanket of snow and grow quickly, resulting in tender, juicy and flavourful stalks.
Jul - Oct
One of Niseko's prized crops, the melon is carefully raised by hand, rotated and checked on a regular basis before being delivered to markets at the perfect ripened stage.
Aug - Oct
Pearl corn is incredibly sweet and boasts whitish, pearl-like kernels that may be eaten raw or steamed. Locals love to roast it lightly with butter and soy.
Local varieties like Danshaku and Kita Akari are delicious in traditional or Western-style dishes or look out for udon potato noodles and try local potato shochu.
Aug - Dec
Another crop that flourishes well in Niseko, the rainfall and temperature during growing season helps to concentrate the natural sugar level of the pumpkins.
Hokkaido, the nation's rice bowl, grows rice crops using ducks for pest control with farmers registered under the government's YES clean scheme that limits use of chemical pesticides.
Aug - Sep
The bean season sees a large variety ranging from soy beans, red beans, black beans and kidney beans to name a few. The popular edamame tastes different when freshly picked!
A traditional delicacy with the best varieties from Hokkaido, its growth season takes 4-5 years. Properly cultivated bulbs are pure white in colour, uniform in size and quality.
A secret summer activity is foraging with locals, as Niseko is a wild edible vegetation wonderland ranging from strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and mulberries to a variety of mountain vegetables, including mushrooms. Caution and safety must be adhered to.
Hokkaido produces about half the country's milk. For confection and treats, visit Milk Kobo minutes from Niseko Village; its must-try is the delectable cream puffs baked fresh daily.
This quaint cheese shop called Niseko Fromage nearby Niseko Village has been quietly garnering accolades. Try the artisanal cheeses, oven-toasted crisps or soft ice creams.
Freshly made with the purity of natural spring water from the foot of Mount Yotei, the tofu is delicious prepared simply or when turned into noodles, tofu skins, drinks or even 'tonuts'!