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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!

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/10/23): Autumn Seasonal Releases

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Autumn Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Unlike industrial beer, where summer reigns supreme, craft beer truly is a beverage of all seasons. That said, fall — with its crisp and brisk weather — strikes us as a quintessentially good season for the enjoyment of the robustly full-flavored ales that typify craft beer. We are excited to announce today’s release of three such autumn ales: Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale, Son of Rising Strong Pale Ale, and Autumn of the Beach Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale (ABV 6%):

To baseball fans, October means World Series (also known as the “Fall Classic”) time. To me, the annual Fall Classic invariably brings back boyhood memories of watching and rooting for the great “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati teams of 1975 and 1976 World Series fame. Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale was brewed initially in 2005 as a 30-year tribute to the Cincinnati Reds World Series championship team of 1975 (they beat the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic 7-game series). We continue to brew it annually because it is such a fine beer and it is the perfect libation to enjoy while taking in the Fall Classic. I was hoping for a Reds appearance in this year’s Fall Classic but, alas, those hopes were dashed by a tenacious San Francisco Giants team.

Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale is brawny in the depth and richness of its malt character, and balanced beautifully by a spicy and sprite hop essence. Much as the rare combination of power and finesse was a hallmark of the Big Red Machine on the field, so too is it a hallmark of the Big Red Machine in the pint glass!

Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale is available on draught at all of our Taproom pubs as well as at other select Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan. It also is available in bottles (360 ml) for purchase direct from our brewery e-shop or from one of the many fine Baird Beer retailing liquor stores in Japan.

*Son of Rising Strong Pale Ale (ABV 6%):

Son of Rising is the strong-willed offspring of Rising Sun. He is bold and boisterous (double-dry-hopped with four citrus-laden varieties: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, NZ Cascade); but he is no rebel. He is approachable in his balance, nuanced in his depth of character. He is a dutiful son who brings much satisfaction to his father.

Come visit a Taproom and introduce yourself. Son of Rising is a small-batch seasonal and available only on draught at one of our Taproom pubs.

*Autumn on the Beach Ale (ABV 5%):

This small-batch red ale is brewed with a combination of Bohemian floor-malted pilsner barely and German Munich malt. It is hopped delicately with a unique varietal combination: American Magnum, German Hersbrucker and New Zealand Wakatu. It is light and refreshing for a malty red ale — the type that would be enjoyable while sitting on the beach in Numazu on a sunny fall afternoon.

Autumn on the Beach Ale is available only as real ale on hand-pump, and exclusively at our Baird Beer Taproom pubs. Stop in for a pint while the pouring lasts!

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/10/12: Fall Seasonal Releases: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale

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Fall Seasonal Releases: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

I am excited to announce today’s release of two debut seasonal brews: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Biere du Japon (4.7%):

One of the prominent beer styles associated with Belgian brewing culture is Witbier, or white beer. Hoegaarden White is the quintessential modern version of the style. Witbiers are moderate gravity beers brewed with generous additions of unmalted wheat and more often than not spiced, most generally with coriander and orange peel. When brewed artfully they are sprite and extremely quenching beers.

Baird Biere du Japon is our Japanese take on this classic Belgian beer style. We mash with an ample quantity of domestic unmalted wheat combined with wheat, rye and pilsner malt. We only lightly hop the kettle boil with 15 IBUs of two varieties: Vanguard and Sterling. Following fermentation with our Belgian witbier yeast strain, we add the indigenous magic — lightly crushed sansho seeds and cut whole New Summer Orange fruit from nearby Izu.

The result is a wonderfully delicate, nuanced flavor that is supremely refreshing. Stop in to a Taproom pub for a taste today. Biere du Japon is available in both kegs and bottles.

*08 Hop Harvest Ale (5.5%):

2008 was the year of the dreaded hop shortage. Hop prices went through the roof but most brewers were happy just to obtain a sufficient supply. We were down to our last supplies of a few varieties from this most notorious hop harvest crop and our idea was to concoct a final hop taste of 2008.

08 Hop Harvest Ale is a malty brown ale with a brisk hop punch. We combine four American hop varieties from the 2008 harvest to achieve this punch: Perle, Glacier, Vanguard, Sterling. Generous additions of Caramel and Chocolate malt round out the flavor imparting toasted and roasted notes.

08 Hop Harvest Ale is draught only. It can be enjoyed at any one of our Taproom pubs as well as at other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan.

Upcoming Beer Events:
*Killer B Party (October 27, 4-8 PM):

Our friends at Nagano Trading are proudly sponsoring their second annual Killer B Party at the YC&AC in Yokohama. The Animal House of Japan beer parties proudly features Beer (20 serve-yourself taps featuring Nagano Trading imports from the U.S., Baird Beer, Brimmer Beer and others), Bowling (don’t go up against Andrew after he has had a couple!), Buffet (always a wonderful spread) and more.

Email reservations can be made at: all@naganotrading.com. Location directions can be found at: http://www.ycac.or.jp/club/map.html.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/10/01): Seasonal Release: Fall Fest Lager

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Seasonal Release: Fall Fest Lager

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The transformation of summer into fall is my favorite seasonal change. In Japan, it seems that this transformation more often than not is blown in through the furious force of a typhoon. This year the transformation has been completed by Typhoon #17 which blew through Honshu last night. We awoke in Shizuoka prefecture this morning to a clear powder-blue sky and a crisply cool, gentle and dry breeze. Autumn has arrived!

In celebration of this season of harvest, the Baird Brewery is proud to release Fall Fest Lager.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Release:
*Fall Fest Lager (5.3%):

Richly malty and smoothly soft, this amber-colored lager, reminiscent of the fall foliage, is our take on a classic Vienna lager. It is the beer I will be sipping in the five o’clock hour sitting at the window counter of the Fishmarket Taproom, gazing out at the fall sunset while nibbling on pretzels and chatting with my friend, the Carpenter.

Fall Fest Lager is available for immediate release in both kegs and bottles (360 ml).

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/09/12): Seasonal Release: Pacific Porter

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Seasonal Release: Pacific Porter

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

While fall has not fully arrived here yet, it most certainly is “in the air.” We are welcoming its arrival early, today, with the release of a fantastic seasonal brew: Pacific Porter.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Pacific Porter (ABV 7.7%):

This is the Baird Beer Pacific ocean version of a Baltic Porter (a strong dark beer fermented with lager yeast that has enjoyed historical popularity in Baltic sea region countries). The color is deep copper-brown, almost black. The aroma is soft, round and fruity with a hint of chocolate. The body is chewy but not thick. Subtly sweet flavors of caramel and milk chocolate are highlighted magnificently by an underbelly of nut and pit fruit character. The overall impression is one of smoothness and balance.

Pacific Porter is draught-only (no bottles this year). It is available for immediate release in Japan. It begins pouring from our Taproom taps tonight.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/08/29): Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

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Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As we move into September, summer begins to fade into fall — though it certainly doesn’t feel like that yet. As an antidote to the lingering late-summer heat, we are happy to announce the immediate release of three thirst-quenching seasonal brews: Japan Tale Ale 2012, Baird Belgian Tripel, and Plum Session Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:

*Japan Tale Ale 2012 (ABV 5%):

Brewed with a host of indigenous Japanese ingredients (un-malted wheat, korizato sugar, fresh ume plums and, of course, lovely soft Numazu water) Japan Tale Ale is lightly hopped, pleasantly tart and extremely refreshing. It’s hazy, milky-white color and snow-white foam collar are reminiscent of a Belgian witbier. It drinks, though, like a beer version of a well-made ume sour (a popular drink served in traditional Japanese pubs that is made with distilled shochu and plums and served carbonated on ice).

Japan Tale Ale 2012 is now pouring from the taps of each of our Baird Beer Taproom pubs and will be available both on draught and in 360 ml bottles at Baird Beer retailing pubs and liquor shops throughout Japan.

*Baird Belgian Tripel (ABV 8.5%):

Belgian-style Tripels are stealthily potent golden ales — rich yet briskly refreshing — that originated in the historical context of monastic brewing in Belgium. The quintessential example of this style, and one of my favorite Belgian ales, is the iconic monastic beer, Westmalle Tripel.

The Baird take on this glorious style incorporates an all-base malt grist bill of floor-malted Maris Otter and Bohemian Pilsner as well as a blend Japan, German and English wheat. Kettle gravity is strengthened by a generous addition of Japanese sudakito and korizato sugars. The hopping rate is moderate (25 IBUs) and includes the floral-spicy varieties Sterling, Saaz and Styrian Golding. Fermentation is warm (24-25 C) and happily carried out by our Belgian witbier-derived yeast strain. Apparent Attenuation is high (88.5%) and thus the alcohol content is strong. As per our custom with high-alcohol beers, we krausen at packaging to produce a secondary fermentation and natural carbonation in keg or bottle.

Baird Belgian Tripel is draught only. It is pouring at our Taproom pubs beginning today and is available for immediate release to all fine beer establishments in Japan. Please contact Kojima-san to place an order.

*Plum Session Ale (ABV 4.1%):

What should a brewer do when unexpectedly receiving a bundle of perfectly ripe, freshly harvested local plums? After eating one or two, he should formulate a session-beer recipe that allows the softly sweet-tart essence of the plums free play; and then he should fire up the mash tun and get busy.

Our diligence in early July has yielded this wonderul late-August beer harvest. Come visit a Taproom today and help us to enjoy the fruit of this harvest. Plum Session Ale is being served as real ale on hand-pump and exclusively at our Baird Beer Taproom pubs.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/08/02): Upcoming Seasonal Releases

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Upcoming Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Into the scorching heat of summer we will be releasing from the cool confines of our Baird Beer cellar the following seasonal brews.

Upcoming Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*HT-3 Natsumikan Lager (5.5%):

This month marks the third year anniversary of the opening of our Harajuku Taproom. To commemorate we have brewed a special lager fruited (fresh peels and squeezed juice) with Shizuoka natsumikans. It will be tapped at noon sharp, Saturday, August 4, thus kicking off the Harajuku Taprooms two-day birthday celebration. Plan to join the staff and fellow enthusiasts for what promises to be a weekend of great beer and food and much merriment.

HT-3 Natsumikan Lager is draught-only and available exclusively at the Harajuku Taproom.

*Asian Beauty Biwa Ale (5.5%):

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It is an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Ale is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and yet delicately firm — like a true Asian Beauty!

Asian Beauty is available in both kegs and bottles (360 ml). It will begin shipping on Monday, August 6.

*Workingman’s Dark Mild (3.5%):

This is the quintessential English session ale. In good British pub fashion, it will be available only as real ale dispensed via handpump. It will be poured exclusively at our Taproom pubs beginning Friday, August 10.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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