Asparagus with White-Miso-Dressing
Spring has sprung, asparagus season has come!
Asparagus is called “Asparagasu” the same name with English in Japanese commonly, but its Japanese formal name is “Oranda-Kijikakushi”.
“Oranda-Kiji-Kakushi” means Oranda=Dutch, Kiji=Japanese pheasant, and Kakushi= hide, because asparagus grow up with needle-like leaves cladodes enough to hide behind.
* The word “Oranda” is used to indicate only that this vegetable came from western world.
In Japan white asparagus is cultivated in small quantities. Although recently fresh one is sold at store, once sold only with canned.
Green asparagus is common than white asparagus.
Sliced onion, wakame seaweed, and boiled asparagus with miso-mustard dressing.
is asparagus (Asparagus spp). Its Japanese formal name is Oranda-Kiji-Kakushi. アスパラガス（あすぱらがす） / 和蘭雉隠（おらんだきじかくし） literally “Dutch Japanese pheasant hide”