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In Japan, today through January 24 is the microseason called "butterburs bud"

One fond memory I have of living in Japan as a family was the 60-plus-year-old director of the daycare where my kids went teaching me how to prepare fuki. In spring you could buy it in markets, but it's also a wild herb that you can forage. I remember where we foraged ours: there was this cut-through with a little bridge, and then you came up behind/beside the Watanabes' shop, which was a sort of convenience store in their house. We bought our kerosine there. I think I still have the director's hard-to-read instructions somewhere--maybe stuck inside a Japanese cookbook. I hope so, anyway.

I've seen butterbur here and thought of picking it, but I've never done it because I'm afraid it might not be exactly the same plant. It also gets translated into English as "coltsfoot."

Here it is--not a bud, but vigorous leaves:


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And here it is, prepared:


(source)

Wow, I guess when you cultivate it, it can get quite large! The stuff we picked is much, much smaller.


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Wikipedia tells me that the plant known as butterbur in Massachusetts, Petasites hybridus, is also called "bog rhubarb, Devil's hat, and pestilence wort." Gotta love folk names.

Date: 2019-01-20 02:16 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
It's common in the woods hereabouts.

Two traditional things which you may have come across here are coltsfoot jelly and coltsfoot rock (a form of sweet/candy).

Date: 2019-01-20 02:30 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Oh yes!

My grandma used to do it!

Date: 2019-01-20 02:20 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
How beautiful!

Tell me, is it possible that in Japan industrialization didn't lead to an urban culture that dismisses agriculture as corny and stupid, and the non-human world as a place for sport and excursions?

You've got me pondering.

ETA: And feeling embarrassedly like Elnors, Girl of the Limberlost.
Edited Date: 2019-01-20 02:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-01-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Ah, thanks. Well, that's sad. The non-human world curated and objectified in thought there, too.

:(

BTW, I meant "Elnora," not some Latinx "Elnord." Spellcheck.

Date: 2019-01-20 02:36 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Here it is--not a bud, but vigorous leaves

I had no idea what that was called! I've seen it around. I always assumed it was a sort of wild rhubarb.

Date: 2019-01-20 02:55 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Now I'm wondering if there *are* wild rhubarbs about....

My parents' house had a patch of rhubarb in the backyard when we moved in, but someone had clearly planted it. (We cooked with it for a couple of years.)

Date: 2019-01-20 04:29 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
There are!

The Orkney Islands are smothered in it!

Date: 2019-01-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
You find a lot of it on menus for sure.

Not that I'm complaining! I love rhubarb. :o)

There's even rhubarb ice cream, which is sublime!

Date: 2019-01-20 03:04 pm (UTC)
st_martin_a: (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_martin_a
You know, I was thinking how similar to rhubarb it looked.
Devil's hat.
: )

Date: 2019-01-20 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shalpacafarm
Pestilence wort was the name of my housing development before they renamed it due to 0 sales.
Edited Date: 2019-01-20 03:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-01-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shewhomust
Butterbur grows quite commonly here (in the north of England) especially in damp places along the edge of rivers. It starts out small - in fact, it starts with the flowers - but grows to head height, without any cultivation. There are pictures of the flowers here.

It isn't anything like the plant I know as coltsfoot (picture here), though apparently they have in common that the flowers appear before the leaves.

And yay! folk names! so many great ones...

Date: 2019-01-20 04:55 pm (UTC)
sartorias: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sartorias
Wow, that's HUUUUGE!

Date: 2019-01-20 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
What does it taste like?

Date: 2019-01-20 06:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
*reads and delights*

Date: 2019-01-20 10:46 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Aww this is lovely!

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