|Fuki no Tou (Petasites japonicus, left) and Kogomi (Matteuccia struthiopteris, right)|
Oooh! It's springtime and all the interesting, "what-on-earth-is-that?" vegetables are appearing in amongst the usual broccoli and green peppers.
The one on the left I may just go ahead and buy, since Cici will be thrilled. Or at least interested. The very first story in the second grade language textbook is a sweet little tale called "Fuki no Tou"...the vegetable (flower head, really) on the left in the photo above.
I just realized that this photo I took of "something" growing in a neighbor's backyard... is in fact Fuki, also called Giant Butterbur or Bog Rhubarb (seriously, who thinks of these names?). Both the unopened flower buds (in the top photo) and the stalks are edible.
The other vegetable, Kogomi, looked to me rather like the fiddlehead of a fern. Come to find out... it *is* the fiddlehead of a fern! Well! Who knew? The fiddlehead of the ostrich fern, in fact, which my mother had planted in abundance on the shady north side of our house. I had no idea you could eat those!
I'd like to cook something with the Butterbur flower heads (just like in the second grade story-- I *think* all three kids would try it, since they've all read that story...).
Bit on the pricey side, though (Y498!! Holy Butterburs, Batman!)...