Japanese spikenard - 山ウド

Japanese spikenard - 山ウド

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Japanese spikenard - 山ウド is one of the mountain wild vegetables that sprout in spring together with fukinoto, kinome, taranome, kogomi (fiddlehead fern) etc... it is very tasty and ressembles artichokes, chards or cardoons. I find it really delicious eaten cold with a miso and vinegar mix. So here is my recipe.

Japanese spikenard with sour miso and kumquat: 

- 1 Japanese spikenard (like on the picture)

- 2tbs of miso of your choice

- 1tsp of sugar  

- 1tsp of vinegar (white wine...)

- 2 kumquats

Peal the spikenard and cut it in 4cm long pieces, then cut them in the height in 2mm thick pieces. Blanche once, then change the water and blanch again. Then drain and wash in cold water. In a bowl mix the miso, the vinegar and the sugar. Add the juice and a bit of zest of the kumquats (zest is hard to get!). Mix and add the spikenard. It's ready!!! 

I served it with some tofu, pickled vegetables and white rice.

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