• How to Prep and Store Island Shallots 'Shima-rakkyo'

    How to Prep and Store Island Shallots 'Shima-rakkyo'
    Shima Rakkyo What you see on the label at the Farmer's Market: Kanji: 島らっきょう Hiragana: しまらっきょう Katakana: シマラッキョウ Seasonal Harvesting Period: Spring to Summer The Basics: Shima rakkyo, or island shallots, is one of the representative vegetables of Okinawa next to goya. It is a scallion native to Okinawa, Japan. It is thought to be one of the many vegetables that contribute to Okinawan longevity. One piece is only 6 calories so the perfect diet/health food. Shima rakkyo is a type of scallion that have been eaten in Okinawa for centuries. It has a strong aroma and spiciness...
  • How to Make 'Yurine Lily Bulb Garlic Fry'

    How to Make 'Yurine Lily Bulb Garlic Fry'
    Yurine Lily Bulb Garlic Fry Lily bulb is known to be eaten by Chinese emperors long, long ago! These delicious bulbs can be eaten raw or cooked. They are good for colds and insomnia and overall a healthy addition to your meal. This garlic fry is a tasty side dish that only takes about 5 minutes.   Materials Pan Knife Ingredients Yurine (Lily Bulb) One Whole Garlic 1-2 Cloves Cooking Oil Enough to Lightly Cover Pan Salt and Pepper To Taste Spices of Your Choice To Taste     Cooking Instructions 1. Pull apart the bulbs of...
  • How to Prep and Store Purple Sweet Potato 'Beni-imo'

    How to Prep and Store Purple Sweet Potato 'Beni-imo'
    Beni-imo What you see on the label at the Farmer's Market: Kanji: 紅芋 Hiragana: べにいも Katakana: ベニイモ Seasonal Harvesting Period: Autumn to Early Winter The Basics: Beni-imo, or purple sweet potato, is the most well-known potato in Okinawa. It is used in so many treats on the island that even if you are only in Okinawa for one day, you'll be sure to see this sweet tasting potato. While it is sweet tasting, it is not the sweet potato you commonly know. The inside is purple and found primarily in East Asia. The inside is purple because of...
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