Wild Vegetables |Shitake & Bamboo 筍

Japanese Wild Vegetables’ (Sansai) | 山菜

Bamboo | 筍

Bamboo shoots, the most common wild vegetable declaring the arrival of Spring.  They start sprouting from mid-March ~ early May.

Wild Vegetables |Bamboo 筍
Wild Vegetables |Shitake & Bamboo 椎茸 筍

Ostrich Fern | こごみ

Fairly common seen sold in supermarkets often used for tempura or boiled.  Its shape is quite unique as most likely got its English name of Ostrich Fern. 

Wild Vegetables | Kogomi
Wild Vegetables | Kogomi
Wild Vegetables | Kogomi

Shamrock like 'Okogi' | おこぎ

Okogi is not quite common but is seen sold in rural areas and its local markets. 

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Wild Vegetables | Okogi
Wild Vegetables | Okogi

Braken or Fern (Warabi) |わらび

Warabi is a common wild vegetable seen in mountainous areas, mid-April ~ end-May.

It has a strong ‘aku’ (harsh bitter taste) requires to be removed by soaking it in hot boiling water and ashes before cooking.

Wild Vegetables | Warabi
Wild Vegetables | Warabi

たらの芽|しゃく

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Wild Vegetables

山ウド | 葉タマネギ

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