A long tradition of foraging has made a special place for a certain type of vegetable in Japan, known as sansai (山菜.) Sansai, or literally mountain vegetables, are particularly prized harbingers of spring.
Of the over 40 varieties of citrus fruit available in Japan there is one that has been prized for over a thousand years in Japan, and more recently around the world, and that is the yuzu.
One of the most essential parts of Japanese cuisine, and culture, is probably also one of its simplest: rice. White, fluffy, steaming, and sweet, rice finds its way into the Japanese diet in many ways.
When mentioning the topic of Japanese food there are probably a few things that immediately come to mind. Ramen, sushi, sashimi, tempura, soba, mochi. However, another Japanese culinary form that has grown in worldwide popularity in recent years is the bento.
Nothing says summer like a refreshing tomato caprese salad! Try this unique twist that combines Japanese ingredients and smoked island tofu with traditional ripe flavors.
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