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Plant featured on 'What's New on Japanese Food' tv program

Kato Jan 7, 2012 04:15 PM

This long-leaved plant was being grown in Kanazawa-shi in Ishikawa-ken and its leaves are used in tempura and to make some reddish drink. My mother saw it on the program via her satellite dish here in the US on Friday, January 6th. She says it was called 'kinjiso' but I can't find it on Google. The leaves were long & narrow, green on the top part and reddish on the underside. The farmer brought in samples to the show. I thought it might be shiso until she mentioned the long narrow leaves.

I've checked the show's web site but it skipped mentioning this show, it talked about a past one on kamaboko and then future programs on strawberries and something else.

If anyone saw the program and can give me more information about the mystery plant, (including its flavor!) I'd appreciate it. She is interested in adding it to her vegetable garden.

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    DeppityDawg Jan 7, 2012 04:28 PM

    Google "Okinawan spinach" or "金時草" (kinjisō).

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    1. re: DeppityDawg
      Kato Jan 7, 2012 05:03 PM

      Wow, it hasn't even been an hour and I have my answers! Thank you Silverjay, DeppityDawg, and anyone else who chimes in later. I was so frustrated researching this since I don't know Japanese and Mom, who is from Japan, is not familiar with computers - again thanks for your help. Now onto reading more about this and maybe getting some to grow, we will have to discuss the slimy stem part.

    2. Silverjay Jan 7, 2012 04:28 PM

      It is indeed kinjiso. In Japanese- 金時草. Here's a link- http://www.kanazawa-kagayasai.com/kag... . I read around on it and it's mostly in Kanazawa/ Ishikawa Kaga cuisine. I can't find an exact description of taste other than "vegetable" . It doesn't sound like it is herbal like shiso or mint or something like that.

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      1. re: Silverjay
        DeppityDawg Jan 7, 2012 04:39 PM

        From the Japanese Wikipedia article: 強い香りとぬめりがある。
        [Google translation: "There is a strong smell and slime."]

        1. re: DeppityDawg
          Silverjay Jan 7, 2012 04:44 PM

          That's raw. Most of the articles I flipped through said it is mixed in vinegar, tempura, or chopped up and cooked in fried rice. But I didn't read too much.

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