In Season: Sansai Mountain Vegetables

This month, we’re launching a new section on Savory Japan called In Season: The Calendar of Shun. Here is where we’ll feature the very best foods of the season, month by month. If you don’t know about the Japanese concept of shun, read about it here.

Starting off the series is a profile of April’s early spring bounty, which includes sansai, or mountain vegetables.

I have fond memories of gathering bracken fern shoots with my parents, who love food more than anything else (especially if it’s free.) They used to gather big bags of the tender shoots during vacations in the North woods. Although I no longer relish the thought of all the poor ferns that lost their lives, I do love their unique texture and flavor, especially on top of soba.

Learn more about sansai, and look for more profiles of shun in the coming months.

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2 Responses to In Season: Sansai Mountain Vegetables

  1. indy says:

    Love the ferns !, in Fiji known as Ota, they serves with fresh coconut milk every weekday. I’ll try fern tempura from you. cheers ^^

  2. Risa says:

    Hi Indy,

    Nice to hear that you enjoy fern shoots in Fiji!