White turnips may not be common in the United States, I increasingly see them at farmers markets. In Japan white turnips are popular winter vegetables. They are favorite ingredients of miso soup, and great to pickle. When choosing, pick the ones with sturdy fresh greens. White turnips are sweeter and softer than other turnips and […]
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Wakame is an edible seaweed that contains high levels of iodine, calcium, thiamine, and niacin. It’s different from kombu, and they can’t be substituted with each other. Wakame can be sold dried, salted, or fresh. But you can buy in the United States is cut and dried. When dried wakame is reconstituted in water for […]
Kombu is a dried edible kelp, and has a wide range of usage. It can be used to extract dashi broth, cooked with food, or used in a pickling bed to enhance flavor. There are many different kinds and quality. Kombu has a high concentration of umami inside, so that good quality kombu dashi has a […]
Beautiful carrots are sometimes sold at farmers markets or distributed from CSA. The greens are so fresh, but many people cut them off and throw them into a compost bin on the site. Did you know that they are edible, and even delicious? In Japan, people used to make furikake, a type of condiments to […]
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