- 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.