Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Discover Rakkyo

  • The plants do not produce seeds and are propagated by bulb division. 
  • In mild climates, bulbs are planted in late summer, and the crop is harvested in midsummer of the following year. 
  • Several small bulbs are obtained from each bulb planted. 
  • The leaves have hollow blades. 

Know your Rakkyo - Cultivation

  • Cultivation and botanical description of plant parts is similar to that of bulb onions.

Know your Rakkyo - Uses

  • A type of Japanese shallot, which is usually uncooked and pickled in light vinegar, some are canned. 
  • Very often used as a garnish with grilled fish and meat. 
  • Commonly available varieties of pickled rakkyo have a very mild and "fresh" taste. 
  • They are also used as a cooked vegetable. 
  • It is also used as a folk medicine curing heart disease.
  • This plant is used as a pickled meal during Vietnamese New Year- Tết holiday.
  • On many occasions it is eaten with sushi to balance the saltiness of the soy sauce that the sushi is sometimes dipped in.

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