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Sansai/Edible Wild Japanese Mountain Vegetables (2014 edition)

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“Sansai/Wild Mountain Plants” are around the corner so I thought it might be a good idea to draw people’s attention back to them for easier reference! They also include wild fruit that can be eaten both as vegetables and fruit with various preparations.
Some can be boiled, others fried, prepared as tempura, cooked in soup, prepared as pickles or jam, etc.

As it would become far too big (already massive, but inexhaustive) a posting if I wrote everything, please pick up one item at a time if you want more explanations and I will write an individual article for your pleasure!
But some have added some since the last time I wrote about them and I added some facts!

Here we go:
(No particular order)

ainu-negi-alium-victorialis

AINU NEGI: ALIUM VICTORIALIS
Also called: GYOUJA NINIKU/VICTORY ONION/ALPINE LEEK

High in Vitamin B1

akebi-chocolate-vine

AKEBI: CHOCOLATE VINE

High in Potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, C and vegetal fibers.
Provide great stamina!
The inside is eaten raw as it is sweet.
The outside can be pickled or fried as tempura!

amadokoro-polygonatum-odoratum
AMADOKORO: POLYGONATUM ODORATUM

azami-thistle

AZAMI: THISTLE
Try it as tempura!

fukinoto-giant-butterbur

FUKINOTO: GIANT BUTTERBUR/FLOWER CLUSTER

High in Vitamin A Beta carotene, B1, B2, b6, C, vegetal Fibers and Potassium.
Beautiful as tempura!

hamaboufuu-glhnia-littoralis
HAMABOUFUU: GLEHNIA LITTORALIS

hangonsou-senecio-cannabifolius

HANGONSOU: SENECIO CANNABIFOLIUS

hasukappu-lonicera-caerulea

HASUKAPPU: LONICERA CAERULEA/HASCUP

hikagehego-flying-spider-monkey-tree-fern

HIKAGEHEGO: FLYING SPIDER MONKEY TREE FERN

irakusa-urtica-thunbergiana

IRAKUSA: URTICA THUNBERGIANA

itadori-japanese-knotweed
ITADORI: JAPANESE KNOTWEED

katakuri-dogtooth-violet

KATAKURI: DOGTOOTH VIOLET

Flowers are also edible.

kiboushi-plantain-lily-hosta-fortinei

KIBOUSHI: PLANTAIN LILY HOSTA FORTINEI ( a variety of Hosta Montana)
Beautiful lightly steamed!

kogomi-ostrich-fern

KOGOMI: OSTRICH FERN (exists as green and red)

One of the most eaten wild maoutain vegetable in Japan!
Great plant as it needs no special procees to erase tanginess.
High Carotenes, Vitamin C, Amino acids and vegetal fibers.

koshiabura-ascathopanax-sciadophylloides

KOSHIABURA : ASCATHOPANAX SCIADOPHYLLOIDES

kuko-chinese-wolfberry
KUKO: CHINESE WOLFBERRY

kusagi-harlequin-glory-bower-peanut-butter-shrub2

KUSAGI: HARLEQUIN GLORY BOWER PEANUT BUTTER SHRUB

matatabi-silver-vine
MATATABI: SILVER VINE

mitsuba-japanese-honeywort

MITSUBA: JAPANESE HONEYWORT
has become a common garden vegetable!

nirinsou-anemone-flaccida

NIRINSOU: ANEMONE FLACCIDA

nobiru-alium-macrostemon

NOBIRU: ALIUM MACROSTEMON
Another favorite in Japan!

High in Vitamin C, Carotenes, Calcium, Potassium and vegetal fibers.

oyamabokuchi-synurus-pungens

OYAMABOKUCHI: SYNURUS PUNGENS

ryoubu-clrthra-barbinervis
RYOUBU: CLERTHRA BARBINERVIS

sarunashi-actinia-arguta

SARUNASHI: ACTINIA ARGUTA

seri-japanese-parsley

SERI: JAPANESE PARSLEY
has become a garden vegetable in Japan!

suberiyu-common-purslane

SUBERIYU: COMMON PURSLANE

takenoko-bamboo-shoots
TAKENOKO: BAMBOO SHOOTS (SPROUTS)

tanpopo-dandelion

TANPOPO: DANDELION
A green and a yellow variety are already grown in Japanese gardens!

tara-no-me-aralia-elata

TARA NO ME: ARALIA ELATA

High in Potassium, Vitamin A Beta Carotenes, B2 and vegetal fibers.
Another favorite in Japan!

tsukushi-horsetail

TSUKUSHI: HORSETAIL-Equisetum arvense (Source IVY)
A kid’s favorite!
High in Potassium, Magnesium, Carotenes and Vitamin E.

tsuroganeninjin-adenophora-triphylla

TSUROGANENINJIN: ADENOPHORA TRIPHYLLA

udo-aralia-cordata

UDO: ARALIA CORDATA
Commonly found in Japanese supermarkets!
High in Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B1, C, Pantotene acid.
Helps combat human body acidity.

yamaudo

YAMAUDO: same as UDO (above)

urui-hosta-montana

URUI: HOSTA MONTANA
Can be eaten raw.
Great in salads. Has become a common vegetable in Japan.

warabi-pteridium-aquilinum

WARABI: PTERIDIUM AQUILINUM/BRACKEN
High Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B2, C, E and vegetal fibers.
Commonly seen in supermarkets!

yamabudo-crimson-glory-vine

YAMABUDO: CRIMSON GLORY VINE

yamawasabi-wild-horseradish

YAMAWASABI: WILD HORSERADISH
Consumed for its flowers, stalks and leaves, but not roots!

zenmai-osmunda-japonica

ZENMAI: OSMUNDA JAPONICA/ROYAL FERN
High in Potassium, Vitamin A Beta Carotenes, B2, B6, C and vegetal fibers.

FUKI:JAPANESE BUTTERBUR/GIANT BUTTERBUR-Petasites japonicus (Source IVY)

High in Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin B2 and vegetal fibers.

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Still have to find the English names for the following ones!

aiko

AIKO/Laportea macrostachya (Maxim.) Ohwi (Source IVY)

akamizu

AKAMIZU/ELATOSTEMA UMBELLATUM var. NAJUS

Found the name!

aomizu

AOMIZU/Pilea Mongolica
Found the name thanks to IVY

inudouna

INUDOUNA/Cacalia Hastata L. var . tanakae kitam
Found the name thanks to IVY

shidoke

SHIDOKE

ITADORI
has become common in Japan! Can actually be very invasive!

HONNA/Also called SUPPON

YOMOGI/MUGWORT
Great as tempura or in rice cakes!
Not to be confused with absinthe!

NOKANZOU/Hemerocallis fulva, orange daylily
Found the name thanks to IVY

YUKINOSHITA/Saxifraga stolonifera (is the same as Saxifraga sarmentosa), known by several common names, including Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Rockfoil, the quite ambiguous “Aaron’s beard”, and Strawberry Begonia or Strawberry Geranium (Source: IVY)

Found the name!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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16 thoughts on “Sansai/Edible Wild Japanese Mountain Vegetables (2014 edition)”

  1. I live in central Europe, Czech republic. In my country often grow in nature itadori, suberiyu, tanpopo, tsukushi, warabi, yamawasabi and yomogi. Somewhere rarely grow amodoko and yomogi. Akebi, hasukappu, kiboushi, kuko, sarunashi, urui and nokanzou is cultivated in gardens. I have no recipes for tsukushi, warabi, yomogi, amadoko, komogi, kiboushi, urui and nokanzou. Please, can you inspire me and write some article with some recipes? I suppose tempura?
    In my country is rarely eat tanpopo and fruits of sarunashi and kuko, that is all. I want change it.

  2. I am writing article about sansai species, which grows in my country, so I have some additional suggestions and one question: Is your list of sansai complete? :

    Shidoke latin name Cacalia delphinifolia

    YUKINOSHITA is not BEEFSTEAK GERANIUM, but Saxifraga stolonifera (is the same as Saxifraga sarmentosa), known by several common names, including Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Rockfoil, the quite ambiguous “Aaron’s beard”, and Strawberry Begonia or Strawberry Geranium

    Fuki is latin Petasites japonicus

    TSUKUSHI latin name is Equisetum arvense

    1. Thanks a lot! As far as Japan is converned it is complete. Of course some farmers might have some “secrets” in off the tracks land.
      I’ll update the information!
      Once again, thanks so much!

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