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  1. Thanks Helenjp, I sincerely hope I will one day be considering pruning and grafting! Re-assuring to know they are so tough, here in England it gets down to -6 celcius in winter and I've already learnt that our slugs are partial to Japanese food so I won't risk all of them outside yet (although 10cm high Sansho survived the last winter outside). The intense fragrance of six yuzu fruit filled our (large) kitchen for days when we returned from Japan in January. I'll never forget that unique scent.
  2. Are there any Yuzu-growing experts on this forum? I know there's a couple of specialist citrus-grower forums in the US & Canada but the Japanese probably have more experience of Yuzu than anybody. I bought some locally-grown Yuzu from a shop in Hamamatsu and several have now germinated: What next? ! At this young stage (5cm tall) what would you do? Currently I'm planning to re-pot the largest to see if a tap root is developing yet and in general I'll leave it to nature to bring these specimens to maturity but I'm curious to know if others have successfully nurtured yuzu from seed to frui
  3. Thank you Hiroyuki, seems I was way out on the depth & since half the item was out of the oil that may have kept temperatures down too. Your post in the daikon thread about dealing with the oily nature of the served food will help in my next attempt....
  4. Just a little more on the nutritional value of daikon. The leaves are much more nutritious than the root: 100g root contains: 230 mg potassium 24 mg calcium 10 mg magnesium 18 mg phosphorus 12 mg vitamin C 34 µg folic acid 100g leaves contain: 400 mg potassium 260 mg calcium 3900 µg beta-carotene 330 µg retinol 53 mg vitamin C 270 µg vitamin K 140 µg folic acid The root contains diastase, an enzyme that helps digestion and stimulates appetite. The above breakdown is from the Food Composition Database at: http://food.tokyo.jst.go.jp/ - in Ja
  5. Thanks to the expert advice here, in the previous thread and in the cook-off, I felt able to try my first ever tempura at home yesterday. Something that worked well: Angelica leaf! This is Angelica archangelica, but doubtless the Japanese ashitaba (Angelica keiskei) would work too. Beautiful flavour. I was going to try the stems but ran out of time and oil... Something that did not work: Almost everything! I tried small daikon leaves, shungiku, yomogi (new autumn growth), thinly sliced raw carrot, sage and fennel leaves. The carrot (Japanese variety) worked well but I have these observations:
  6. For an idyllic and quiet country setting just outside Brighton you can't beat Bruce Wass & head chef Richard Willis at The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington. Excellent range of local beers too.... a miniature Gravetye Manor in the making, methinks.
  7. Thank you for your encouragement Helenjp, and I certainly had no idea that many of the sansho trees in Japan are propagated vegetatively. Incidentally I've had only about 20 seeds germinate out of a few hundred sown (see my avatar for these!). Kyouei sakumotsu. I'll add it to my list of about 20 Japanese words! Since that 2005 post I've visted some natural agriculture farms in Japan and saw a little that confirms Helenjp's comments. A common combination seems to be winter wheat followed by edamame/daizu; one farmer said this mix left no need for fertilser nor fallow period. The total length o
  8. Hmm, my sansho was sown in September 2005 and emerged 8 months later! Those outside (3 germinated) are about 1cm tall but healthy green; those brought into the greenhouse to germinate are taller (7cm) and with more leaves, but when transplanted outside leaves appear to have been scorched by the sun. Too early to say if these will grow into a tree. Large (1 mb+) picture at Sansho germinated outside
  9. Fully agree with those comments on Bill's, it's one very rare place. The chef, Andy (not Andy L) deserves recognition for being adventurus, always ready with ideas and serving up fantastic food that never fails to delight & enthrall every human sense, yet at pub prices. One reason it's always an enjoyable experience browsing, buying veg or dining, is that the staff are always happy and are always dashing around working and looking after customers (doesn't happen everywhere...). Best of all, Bill goes out of his way to support local growers, even new start-ups, and over the years this will
  10. Hiroyuki you're a star! That is an exciting revelation (to me, anyway ) to see benihana's use in Yamagata. It will take a while to digest that pdf - main link works but takes about 5 minutes to load the full document. Safflower oil is nutritionally similar to olive oil, being high in vitamin E and having the highest ratio of polyunsaturated/saturated fatty acids of any oil available. Polyunsaturated fats are associated with lowering of blood cholesterol. The main fatty acids are the doubly unsaturated linoleic acid (70%) and the triply unsaturated linolenic acid (10%). Among the thousands of
  11. Well, I know there is a China forum and an India forum but I really am curious to know just how much the Safflower plant (Carthamnus tinctorius) is used in Japan. I saw a reference to the cooking oil in this thread: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showto...820&hl=benibana So how widely is the oil used and what do the Japanese like or not like about it? And whilst we are on this (unusual?) subject, are the bright yellow & red flowers used in Japan for garnish, or perhaps for colouring food or to make a tea? Then what about the young shoots, are these ever seen in vegetable markets?
  12. Just tried some young curled-up leaves with about 3cm of stalk - that's all that's formed so far in this the second & final year of the crop. They were stir-fried in a minute amount of olive oil and so I could taste the 'real veg'. Bitter-sweet. Tasty, but a strong under-current of bitterness at the same time . and thankfully I only had a small quantity to eat. Definitely not in the shiso - mitsuba - sansho league.
  13. Thanks Helenjp, I'll try them out - I've just had an order for a few roots on Wednesday so I'll keep the young leaves. Never seen redish stems, ours are pure white/green (variety is 'Shosaku' from Kaneko). By deduction, shin-gobo must be harvested only a few months into growth during the first year, before the root lengthens. But could you say what month(s) shin-gobo is available Torakris? That would allow me to know if it is spring-planted or autumn-planted seed and whether the weather has any effect on the softness and colour.
  14. What is 'soft gobo'? Is this gobo in it's second year but before flowering? Here in the UK about 3 weeks ago young leaves started forming on the crop sown last summer but not harvested. Secondly, does anyone in Japan eat the young leaves? Look at the 'edible uses' info on this PFAF link
  15. They also have a policy of supporting local producers (unfortunately only large well-established ones at present ) & make a conscious effort to stock local specialities. Also, in my experience the type and regularity of free food samples offered is pretty good, although no comparison to the likes of Kroger in the US (where a free dinner is possible ).
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