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Vegetables facts and Tips (12): Sansai/Japanese Wild Mountain Plants

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Following the recent posting on the all-vegetable dinner at Tomii, Rich nicely asked me for more information, especially concerning the names of wild edible plants found in Japan as he rightly recognized it could come very handy to vegans and vegetarians everywhere!

Now, I titled this particular posting “Sansai/Wild Mountain Plants”, because 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!

Here we go:
(No particular order)


AINU NEGI: ALIUM VICTORIALIS


AKEBI: CHOCOLATE VINE


AMADOKORO: POLYGONATUM ODORATUM


AZAMI: THISTLE


FUKINOTO: GIANT BUTTERBUR


HAMABOUFUU: GLEHNIA LITTORALIS


HANGONSOU: SENECIO CANNABIFOLIUS


HASUKAPPU: LONICERA CAERULEA/HASCUP


HIKAGEHEGO: FLYING SPIDER MONKEY TREE FERN


IRAKUSA: URTICA THUNBERGIANA


ITADORI: JAPANESE KNOTWEED


KATAKURI: DOGTOOTH VIOLET


KIBOUSHI: PLANTAIN LILY HOSTA FORTINEI ( a variety of Hosta Montana)


KOGOMI: OSTRICH FERN (exists as green and red)


KOSHIABURA : ASCATHOPANAX SCIADOPHYLLOIDES


KUKO: CHINESE WOLFBERRY


KUSAGI: HARLEQUIN GLORY BOWER PEANUT BUTTER SHRUB


MATATABI: SILVER VINE


MITSUBA: JAPANESE HONEYWORT


NIRINSOU: ANEMONE FLACCIDA


NOBIRU: ALIUM MACROSTEMON


OYAMABOKUCHI: SYNURUS PUNGENS


RYOUBU: CLERTHRA BARBINERVIS


SARUNASHI: ACTINIA ARGUTA


SERI: JAPANESE PARSLEY


SUBERIYU: COMMON PURSLANE


TAKENOKO: BAMBOO SHOOTS (SPROUTS)


TANPOPO: DANDELION


TARA NO ME: ARALIA ELATA


TSUKUSHI: HORSETAIL


TSUROGANENINJIN: ADENOPHORA TRIPHYLLA


UDO: ARALIA CORDATA


YAMAUDO: same as UDO (above)


URUI: HOSTA MONTANA


WARABI: PTERIDIUM AQUILINUM


YAMABUDO: CRIMSON GLORY VINE


YAMAWASABI: WILD HORSERADISH


ZENMAI: OSMUNDA JAPONICA

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


AIKO


AKAMIZU


AOMIZU


INUDOUNA


SHIDOKE

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