Nanohana / 菜の花 (Field mustard or “rapeseed blossoms” in English [Brassica rapa subsp. oleifera])
Nanohana is another springtime vegetable appreciated for its bitterness. Ordinarily prepared by boiling in slightly salted water, it is eaten as hitashi (boiled, with only the addition of soy sauce or other flavoring), in soups, and as tsukemono (pickled).
After a career as a radio DJ in Tokyo at JOLF, a television reporter at Nihon TV, and a foreign correspondent for the Japanese television broadcaster Fuji TV in New York, I now teach at junior colleges and emcee public and private events. My interest in food is wide-ranging. I bake bread and have published a book on salads.
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