Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Red 'ume' and three greens

Our two white Japanese 'ume' somehow bloom earlier than the red one... 
The white is lovely, but hmm, in my humble opinion, the red is perhaps more radiant... no?

Early spring sees the greens from autumn, bolting... 
This specimen is the 山東菜 or Shantong Sai, a Chinese green...

I grew quite a lot of 小松菜 Komatsuna last autumn... 
This is one of their 'remnants', should I say?

And ターサイ Ta-sai (another Chinese green) too, which is the favorite of my sweeto haato... 

Yes, when the greens bolt, we harvest the young buds and treat them as 菜の花 Nanohana...
We just lightly boil them and sprinkle some sesame seeds over them... 
Their taste... a little bitter-ish perhaps? 
But delicious, in any case...