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Specialties of the Month for November 2003
Name of
Ingredients
Komisu (Pear)
Comments
from the
Chef
From this month, the best season of Komisu just begins. This is my recommended fruit of the month.
Name of
Ingredients
Sudachi citrus, Yuzu citrus, Kabosu citrus fruits
Comments
from the
Chef
Yajima farm in Totsuka produces these citrus fruits. They are called kabosu, Yuzu and Sudachi (from Right to Left). All in the citrus family, Sudachi smell like an orange. Since there are only slight differences between Yuzu and Kabosu, even I cannot recognize the differences if I eat them with my eyes closed.
Vegetable
Name of
Ingredients
Romaine lettuce, Kohlrabi, Aokubi daikon radish, Red daikon radish, Chinese cabbage, Shiitake mushroom, Carrot, Turnip
Comments
from the
Chef
These are from Miura peninsula and this is only part of the vegetables grown there. The season of the radishes, which is the trademark of Miura peninsula, is just beginning. The radish introduced here is the most popular one.
Name of
Ingredients
Cabbage, Broccoli, Red turnip, Mustard spinach, Japanese greens (Mizuna), Carrot, Rucola, Daikon radish
Comments
from the
Chef
Those vegetables are also produced by Yajima farm in Totsuka. The length of the Daikon radish is so big it does not fit with the picture. Thatfs because of the quality of the soil. The land is good for growing vegetables with soft soil, which contains volcanic ash. I was really surprised at the weight of cabbage. It is very heavy and filled with leaves. I found many holes on the leaves of the mustard spinach, but I figured this was the proof that they are organic vegetables.
Others
Name of
Ingredients
Fresh rice
Comments
from the
Chef
This is also from Yajima farm in Totsuka. This year there have been many disturbances to rice growing because of the cold weather in summer time. Some of the better rice was sold with other low quality rice but given a high-class brand name or mixed with non-fresh rice. I contact directly with the producers and we have the proof that this rice is an organic product. After I checked the rice, I decided to cook risotto with it.