Yukina

Yukina is a leafy vegetable that dates back to the governor of Yonezawa (Japan), Uesugi Yozan (1751-1822), who was responsible for the subsequent diffusion of the vegetable. Yozan brought several vegetable varieties to Yonezawa from Niigata, and today’s Yukina is a result of a selection of these.

Yukina belongs to the Kabuna species (Brassica rapa L.) of native Japanese turnips. It is one of the few vegetables that used to be cultivated in the old New Year period because it can be grown in the snow, extending the stem and leaves above the snow. The most commonly used recipe was “Fusube zuke”, in which the turnip was boiled and then preserved in salt.

Cooking

Yukina has a pleasant, sweet flavor especially if eaten raw. It can be used in salads or Miso soup or as Ohitashi (boiled and cooled), sautéed, or as Nabemono (boiled with other ingredients). Saute, steam,or stir-fry for healthy, delicious greens.

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Kitchen Garden Day, August 24, 2008
International Kitchen Garden Day is a global celebration of delicious locally produced foods. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens and fields with friends, family, and members of their local communities to enjoy the multiple pleasures and benefits of locally-grown, home-cooked, organic foods. Kitchen Garden Day is coordinated by Kitchen Gardeners International.

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