Posts Tagged ‘Tohoku region

Japanese Fruit Akebi as Sauteed Vegetable (Miso Itame)

Japanese Fruit Akebi as Sauteed Vegetable (Miso Itame)
After enjoying akebi as a fruit, I couldn’t wait to try it as a vegetable. Again, if you missed this article, the inner flesh of the akebi is eaten as fruit and the outer pod is prepared and eaten like a vegetable, mostly in the Tohoku (North Honshu) region of Japan. There are a number of ways that the…

Sweet Young Soybean Zunda Mochi

Sweet Young Soybean Zunda Mochi
Itadakimono: Toru, one of my best friends is in Kyoto and as always he brings me some zunda mochi. He lives up north in the city of Sendai and Sendai is famous for zunda mochi. I still remember when I arrived in Japan, I went up to Sendai to see Toru and he took me to a famous ‘shinise’ zunda…

Japanese Fruit Akebi (Chocolate Vine)

Japanese Fruit Akebi (Chocolate Vine)
Akebi is a mysterious and beautiful fruit native to the north of Japan and has only been cultivated and available in stores only in recent decades. The translucent white flesh inside, filled with countless white capped shiny black seeds is eaten as fruit. Unbeknownst to many, the purple pod can be cooked and eaten as well, but like a vegetable,…

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