Please help identify this veggie

daddylonglegs(z5 WI)July 13, 2006

I recently returned from a trip to Japan, and with several meals there was a vegetable that was really good. I haven't had it before, it might be right here under my nose and I've been missing out on it.

It looks like a scallion, but the stem is red and it tastes like ginger. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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If it was with several meals, how was it prepared? Was it incorporated with meats? Other vegetables? Pickled as a side dish? Was it cooked or raw? Was it flat, hollow, solid? If cooked was it crunchy or tender?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 2:02PM
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There are varieties of red stemmed scallions. It may have been soaked in a ginger solution. How red was it?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 2:25PM
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daddylonglegs(z5 WI)

It was on the side, cool, solid, round, slightly tender but crunchy. Looks very much like the picture you posted but maybe a little more purple which I guess could be caused by some sort of ginger marinade. That must be it.
By the time I realized how good it was, it was already gone.
Thank you for responding.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 1:19PM
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Not a problem daddylonglegs. Are you wanting to grow it?

Any other flavors in there besides ginger and the obvious scallion flavor? salty? sweet? sour? etc?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 2:35PM
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If it tasted like ginger, had a red tinge and was used as a side-dish, it could be Myoga ginger (Zingiber myoga).

Here is a link that might be useful: Myoga ginger

    Bookmark   July 21, 2006 at 7:23AM
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Interesting Rose-Marie,

But the Myoga ginger doesn't look " a scallion", it looks like a small onion:


    Bookmark   July 21, 2006 at 11:28AM
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You had pickled ginger shoots which often are served as a garnish with grilled fish. The pickled shoots are pink and white. Japanese name is hajikami.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2006 at 11:42PM
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In that case we need to update the photo...

    Bookmark   August 2, 2006 at 11:39PM
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