Where in SF's Japantown, or nearby, do they sell Japanese Pickles? I was interested in buying pickles that were'nt artificially or at least obviously colored, sweetened, made up. I can buy eggplant, takuan,wakame salad, what else?
On the same note, which vegetables can I buy to take home and make a tsukemono with. Thank you
Try the deli refrigerator section of Nijiya Supermarket. There's one in SF Japantown.
They also sell various Japanese vegetables (some grown on their own organic farms in Southern California) that you may be able to make tsukemono with (like eggplant, cucumber/kyori for sure but maybe not from their farms, organic daikon, mizuno etc).
you may also want to try uoki sakai market. they always have a good selection of whatever i need (beni imo and even matsutake when they're in season). they also have those maui brand pickles mentioned in another reply (btw, japanese pepper flakes are "togarashi").
you can basically pickle any vegetable as far as i know... joi ito (google for him and "nukamiso") wrote up a good nukazuke making guide a while back.
btw, "tsuke" means pickle and the "tsu" phoneme transforms into "zu" if placed after a noun. i.e. nuka-tsuke = nuka-zuke.