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”.

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“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.

 

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Domestic asparagus is the most cultivated in Hokkaido (about 20% of national production).  On the other hand, it is most imported from Mexico. (more than 5,000 tons a year). 

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.

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Today’s salad :
Sliced onion, wakame seaweed, and boiled asparagus with miso-mustard dressing.

Asparagus with White-Miso-Dressing

・Asuparagasu
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”