Sansai (Edible Wild Plants)/山菜

Japanese Food

The Japanese love sansai (edible wild plants), literally, mountain vegetables. The first sansai we gather in spring is fukinoto (butterbur sprouts).
Today, we got these fukinoto from my wife’s sister. My wife made fuki miso with them, using miso, mirin, and sugar as seasonings.
Don’t confuse fukinoto (young flower stalks of butterbur) with fuki (leaf stalks of butterbur).
The bitter taste of fukinoto is something we long for during the winter months.

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