Aralia Elata with Miso Dressing

Buds of Aralia elata is one of most popular “Sansai”, wild mountain vegetables.

Aralia elata is native-grown in mountain throughout Japan.  It is a typical intolerant sun tree, so it grows to a height of 4-5 meters for less than 10 years if in open zone with enough sun light.

Taranome, Aralia elata bud
Taranome, Aralia elata bud

Aralia elata grows up like a straight rod without branching, and sprouting at the tip of the tree.

It can be eaten the apical bud and first lateral bud.  Don’t harvest the lateral buds after second, because it will not sprout out anymore.

It is called “Tara no me” in Japanese.

 

There are two subspecies of Aralia elata, with thorns and without thorns in Japan.

  • Aralia elata with thorns is called “Odara” literally “male Aralia elata”, and it is generally wild variety.
  • Without thorns is called “Medara” literally “female Aralia elata”, and it is a cultivated variety.
Taranome, Aralia elata bud
Taranome, Aralia elata bud
Taranome, Aralia elata bud
These are “Medara”.

 

Cook in boiling water for a minute,
then season with soy sauce and dashi broth and serve with white miso and sesame paste dressing.

Aralia Elata with Miso Dressing

・Tara no me
is Aralia elata buds that is one of most popular Sansai vegetables.   タラの芽(たらのめ) literally “Aralia elata buds”  *Aralia elata tree is called “Tara no ki”.
・Sansai
is wild mountain vegetables in spring, such as “Tara no me” and “Fuki no to” (flower buds of Giant Butterbur). 蕗の薹(ふきのとう) literally “butterbur scape”