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Please help identify this veggie

Posted by daddylonglegs z5 WI (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 13, 06 at 13:20

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?


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There are varieties of red stemmed scallions. It may have been soaked in a ginger solution. How red was it?


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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.


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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?


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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).
Rose-Marie

Here is a link that might be useful: Myoga ginger


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Interesting Rose-Marie,

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

Scallions:


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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.


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In that case we need to update the photo...


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