Ask Udder Smith: What are those greens in Japanese food?
The grass is really greener on the other side! I’ve just arrived in Japan, and love the plenitude of greens I find here. Can you teach me some of the names, so I can mosey over to my local veggie shop?
Salad Dazey in Chiba
We who favor bovine cuisine are indeed lucky to live in Japan. Some of the best Japanese greens are simply the sprouts of common vegetables. You will find a wide assortment, including daikon radish sprouts and broccoli sprouts. Leaves such as Shiso (Perilla), and rocket salad (ro co co here) will add some tang to your daily greens. The mitsuba leaf is also quite versatile, as is shungiku (chrysanthemum leaf), both used in soups and salads. Follow the links above for photos.