Shin yasai new vegetables



New Types of Vegetables (shin yasai)

shin yasai, shinyasai 新野菜 "new vegetables"

New crossbreeds of vegetables for the modern consumer. Some are bred with the need to haravest the item during the whole year.
Some are bred for their colorful exterior or a special form, others for more vitamin contents or other nutritional properties.

The list also comprizes vegetables that have been introduced to Japan after 1950.

Many new vegetables also come from China, where they have a long tradition, and are used for Chinese food in Japan.

daikon samitto 大根サミット
Radish Summit - Daikon Sumit
In 2005, members of Nagai Town and Utsunomiya University started to work together to introduce new vegetables (shin yasai 新野菜 ). One of them is the chives for mountain ascetics, see below.

Some of these vegetables are also KIGO.
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New Vegetables 新野菜 ABC

aachishooku アーチチョーク artichoke
Cynara scolymus

aisupuranto, aisu puranto アイスプラント "ice plant" sea fig, chrystal leaf
also called
barafu バラフ Barafu.
Saga prefecture

asukko あすっこ Asukko
"vitamin leaf" and broccoli crossbreed ビタミン菜とブロッコリー . Grown in Shimane.
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biitsu ビーツ beets, kind of red turnips
... enkasai 火焔菜(かえんさい)
Beta vulgaris
winter vegetable
Rübe, Rande

burokkori ブロッコリー broccoli
Brassica oleracea
Cauliflower and Broccoli and some cross breeds.

chikorii チコリー chicory
kikunigana 菊苦菜 きくにがな "bitter chrysanthemum leaf"
Cichorium intybus
Chicoree. Chicorée oder Schikoree
... torebisu トレビス Italian chicory
kigo for early spring

endaiibu エンダイブ endive
Cichorium endivia. Used for European cuisine. Originated in Ancient Egypt.

esharotto エシャロット echalote, a kind of onion.
Allium cepa.
Mostly used for French cuisine.
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guriin haato, guriinhaato グリーンハート "green heart"
a kind of tomato. More sour than red tomatoes, with tough flesh.
Rich in vitamin A, B and C.

gyoojana 行者菜 Gyojana,
"green chives for mountain ascetics"

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hanakkori はなっこりー Hanakkori
Chenese leafy vegetable and broccoli crossbreed
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howaito serori ホワイトセロリ white cellory
with a less strong tast than real cellory. Has more vitamines than cellory and can be boiled to a soft fiber mash.
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weisser Sellerie

kairan カイラン野菜 / 介藍 Chinese leafy vegetable
In English, it is called "Chinese kale" チャイニーズケール.
A kind of cabbage or broccoli.
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kinsai キンサイ Chinese leafy vegetable
Related to the Japanese parseley (seri せり / 芹), dropwort.
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koosai コウサイ coriander
... shanzai 香菜(シャンツァイ)

koosaitai コウサイタイ Chinese vegetable
related to the Chinese aburana "fat leaves" vegetables
... honshaitai ホンツァイタイ【紅菜薹】
Grown in China since the Tang period. It is quite soft and contains few fibers. It is rather sweet and has an individual fragrance. Eaten as salad, or blanched or in fried vegetable dishes.
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kuushinsai 空心菜 "empty center vegetable"
a kind of Chinese vegetable like yoosai ヨウサイ(蕹菜) Ipomoea aquatica
The inside of the stem is empty, hence the name. It contains a lot of carotene.
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maashu マーシュ kind of lettuce
Kind of ominaeshi Patrinia scabiosaefolia Fisch
The leaves have the form of a sheep. Therefore also called "lamb lettuce" ラムレタス.
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makomotake, makomo take まこもたけ (真菰竹) kind of sugar cane
When eaten raw, it tasts like bamboo shoots. It is rich in fibers and prevents ageing, also low in calories, and good for your diet.
makomo まこも【真菰】 is a kind of wild rice, water oats, Zizania latifolia Turcz.
from Okinawa
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moroheiya モロヘイヤ molokheiya, Jew's marrow
Corchorus Olitorius
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neginira ねぎニラ / ネギニラ Neginira
crossbreed of negi leek and nira Chinese chives.
For Chinese dishes.
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okahijiki, oka hijiki オカヒジキ (陸鹿尾菜) "land seaweed"
Salsola komarovii Iljin
green vegetable, resembling hijiki algae. Rich in minerals and vitamines and considered very healthy. The sticks are about 6 cm long.
Eaten steamed or blanched, with vinegar and mustard.
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papurika, piiman ピーマン green sweet pepper bell pepper
... anasutashia アナスタシア, "Anastasia", a kind of
fruit piman フルーツピーマン furuutsu piiman from Russia
It has more vitamin C than normal bell pepper.
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puchiueeru プチヴェール "petit vail" type lettuce
crossbreed from kale and brussle sprouts (keeru to hakyabetsu ケールと芽キャベツ).
it contains a lot of sugar, almost like a fruit.
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riiki リーキ leek
kind of European leek, seiyoo negi 西洋ネギ.
winter vegetable
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Lauch, Porree

roketto sarada ロケットサラダ "rocket salad"
leafy vegetable. kind of rucola.
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rukkora ルッコラ rucola
for salads and on pizza.
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sarasare reddo さらさらレッド new type of red onion
tasts more pungent than a normal onion
from 栗山町, since 2006
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saishin 菜心 / サイシン Chinese vegetable
A very healthy vegetable, meaning "the Heart of Vegetables"., Rich in carotene and vitamins B and C. Prevents obesity, and improves the immune system.
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sunappu endoo スナップエンドウ snap pea
They can be eaten with the pea pot. Originally from America.
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grüne Erbsen

sutikku seniyooru スティックセニョール "stick senior"
Chinese vegetable, between kairan broccoli and cabbage.
Rich in vitamin C and D and carotene.
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tsubomina 蕾菜(つぼみな)"sprout vegetable"
It brings the spring to Hakata (Kyushu).
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tsurumurasaki, tsuru murasaki つるむらさき【蔓紫】
Basella rubra.
"Indian spinach" インドのほうれん草
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Malabar-Spinat. Basellgewächse
kigo for early autumn


urui ウルイ Urui
also called
gibooshi ギボウシ(擬宝珠)
Hosta fortunei. A mountain vegetable (sansai)
In Yamagata, the stems are used as a vegetable for many dishes or eaten after blanching and some ponzu dressing added.
It is one of the first wild vegetables that comes out in early spring after the snow has thawed.
ginbo ギンボ is the Yamagata name for this plant.
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The flower of hosta (gibooshi) is edible.
Edible blossoms, edible flowers (shokuyoo no hana)

kigo for early summer

gibooshi no hana 擬宝珠の花 (ぎぼうしのはな)
hosta flowers
..... giboshi ぎぼし, hana giboshi 花ぎぼし(はなぎぼし



yaakon ヤーコン Yakon potato
Smallanthus sonchifolius
Has long been pruduced in the Andes mountains of South America. Grown in Japan since about 80 years ago, mostly in Hokkaido.
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yama wasabi 山わさび white horseradish
Armoracia rusticana

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zukkiini ズッキーニ zucchini, courgette
Cucurbita pepo melopepo
Of the pumpkin family. Low calory vegetable for diet. With a lot of vitamen K, carotin and calium.

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

Knorr Cup Soup Shin Yasai no Potage series
Vegetable Soups from Knorr クノール
New Series
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Dentoo yasai 伝統野菜 Traditional Vegetables

Traditionelle Gemüsesorten 


new vegetables -
the rusty knife
of my mother

Nakayama Ishino, 2002

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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...


Darumaji no senshin-ike no giboshi kana

the Giboshi flowers
at the Senshin Pond
of this Daruma Temple . . .

手島南天 Tejima Nanten
and the Senshin - cleansing heart and mind