Sansai/Edible Wild Japanese Mountain Vegetables

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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!

amadokoro-polygonatum-odoratum
AMADOKORO: POLYGONATUM ODORATUM

azami-thistle
AZAMI: THISTLE

fukinoto-giant-butterbur
FUKINOTO: GIANT BUTTERBUR/FLOWER CLUSTER

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

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)

kogomi-ostrich-fern
KOGOMI: OSTRICH FERN (exists as green and red)

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

nirinsou-anemone-flaccida
NIRINSOU: ANEMONE FLACCIDA

nobiru-alium-macrostemon
NOBIRU: ALIUM MACROSTEMON

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

suberiyu-common-purslane
SUBERIYU: COMMON PURSLANE

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

tanpopo-dandelion
TANPOPO: DANDELION

tara-no-me-aralia-elata
TARA NO ME: ARALIA ELATA

High in Potassium, Vitamin A Beta Carotenes, B2 and vegetal fibers.

tsukushi-horsetail
TSUKUSHI: HORSETAIL

High in Potassium, Magnesium, Carotenes and Vitamin E.

tsuroganeninjin-adenophora-triphylla
TSUROGANENINJIN: ADENOPHORA TRIPHYLLA

udo-aralia-cordata
UDO: ARALIA CORDATA

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. Have 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.

yamabudo-crimson-glory-vine
YAMABUDO: CRIMSON GLORY VINE

yamawasabi-wild-horseradish
YAMAWASABI: WILD HORSERADISH

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

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

akamizu
AKAMIZU/ELATOSTEMA UMBELLATUM var. NAJUS

Found the name!

aomizu
AOMIZU

inudouna
INUDOUNA

shidoke
SHIDOKE

ITADORI


HONNA/Also called SUPPON


YOMOGI/MUGWORT

Not to be confused with absinthe!


NOKANZOU


YUKINOSHITA/BEEFSTEAK GERANIUM

Found the name!

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8 thoughts on “Sansai/Edible Wild Japanese Mountain Vegetables”

  1. Thanks for the great pix which allowed me to identify some of the plants we saw (and ate) on a recent trip to Gokayama and the Kisoji Nakasendo. I would love to go on a wild food walk in Japan.Know anyone who organises sthg like that?
    Kenson

  2. Here on Tsushima we have an abundance of wild yamaimo also as wild food. Had alot of Fuki back in the spring also. I am sure there is a bunch I have not learned to identify but hope to improve my education shortly. Any suggestions for reference material? I read only english (so far) but wife is native here (returning after 42 years in the states.

  3. Thank you for posting so many of the wild edible plants. I live in Japan in the Nagano region which offers an abundance of edible wild plants , berries and fruits . I am still looking for a book in english , so i can take it to the mountain when looking for those Sansai.

    Arigato gozaimashita , Udo

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