2016年10月18日

朝市の"MYSTERY VEGETABLE"〜

Does anyone know what this is? 笑


I found it at a “morning market”(朝市).  In North America the closest thing to a Japanese “morning market” is called a “farmer’s market”.  Farmers go there to sell their meat, vegetables and fruit directly to customers.  In many cities and towns, the “farmer’s market” is only open on the weekends.  I guess the farmers are busy farming during the week.  ;-)


In Japan I noticed there is a lot of fish being sold at the “morning market”, but I haven’t seen any meat there.  The prices are much cheaper than the supermarket.  I bought 4 tuna steaks for just 400yen!  :lol:


Anyway, I found this MYSTERY VEGETABLE...  I was surprised by how colorful it is.  Each leaf is bright green on one side, and bright purple on the other side.  I have heard that colorful foods have lots of vitamins and nutrients - so I bought it.  It was about 200yen.


At first, I put it in a smoothie with berries, juice, soy milk, etc.  It was just OK.  The taste is quite strong and a little bitter, so maybe it’s not good for a smoothie. (>_<)


Next I steamed it then added a little butter, salt, and pepper.  It was really good!  However, almost anything is good with butter, salt, and pepper!  Also the color turns to a dark purple when it is steamed (the green goes away).


Is this vegetable common?  Does anybody know what it is, or how to cook it?


It’s a mystery to me...  But the color is awesome!


-エイブmv
posted by エイブ at 12:45| Comment(4) | TrackBack(0) | 未分類
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Hello:)I enjoy reading your blog.I used to eat this vegetable in my home town!My home town is close to Okinawa!I think this vegetable is "Handama".
When I was eating I always boil or Tempura!It was very good!Please try it if you have the chance:-)
Posted by mii at 2016年10月20日 12:07
Hello Mii! Thank you very much. "Handama", got it! Maybe it is usually only in the Southern part of Japan. It is a beautiful vegetable! Sorry, but I have one more question, do you eat the stem or only the leaf? So far I have only been eating the leaf parts. I bought it again so maybe I'll try boiling it and making it "goma-ae" style.
Thanks!

-エイブ
Posted by gogoeibukaiwa at 2016年10月20日 13:37
Hi!You can eat the stem and the leaf!But I usually eat the leaf only:)I searched about handama,other name is 金時草!
I hope that you like it!!haha
Posted by mii at 2016年10月21日 07:41
Thank you for the information! Maybe I'll try the stem next time as well. ;)

-エイブ
Posted by gogoeibukaiwa at 2016年10月21日 16:36
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