“Nano-Hana” Field Mustard Salad with Soy Sauce & Mustard

Humming, Ichimen no nanohana, Icnimen no nanohana, Ichimen no nanohana…

This dish is called “Nano-Hana no Karashi-Ae”, it is popular for a spring recipe.

Nano-Hana, Field Mustard
Nano-Hana, Field Mustard

 

 

“Nano-Hana / 菜の花” means a field mustard flower, literally “flower of vegetable”.

You can see the yellow carpet of Nano-Hana blooming in the provinces from March to April.  It’s so beautiful!

Cooking of "Nano-Hana" Field Mustard Salad with Soy Sauce & Mustard
Cooking of "Nano-Hana" Field Mustard Salad with Soy Sauce & Mustard
Cooking of "Nano-Hana" Field Mustard Salad with Soy Sauce & Mustard
Boil the Nano-Hana, then dressed with soy sauce and Karashi, Japanese mustard similar to the Colman’s Mustard of England.
"Nano-Hana" Field Mustard Salad with Soy Sauce & Mustard
When I see a landscapethe of Nano-Hana, always I remember a poem by Yamamura Bocho.

風 景      純銀もざいく
山 村 暮 鳥

いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
かすかなるむぎぶえ  Kasuka naru Mugibue   I hear an obscure sound of oat.
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers

いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
ひばりのおしやべり   Hibari no Oshaberi    Larks are chatting.
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers

いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
いちめんのなのはな  Ichimen no Nano Hana  The carpet of mustard flowers
やめるはひるのつき  Yameru wa Hiru no Tsuki  A smoky quarter moon of daytime.
いちめんのなのはな。 Ichimen no Nano Hana.  The carpet of mustard flowers

 

・Nano-Hana / Nanohana
is a field mustard (Brassica rapa).  菜の花 literally “vegetable flower”
・Karashi
is a Japanese mustard.  Its flavor is similar to the Colman’s Mustard of England, but much more hot.  芥子 / 辛子(からし)  literally “mustard seed / hot flavor seed”

・Nano-Hana no Karashi-Ae
is a Nano-Hana salad with dressing of soy sauce and Karashi.  菜の花の辛子和え literally “Nano-Hana dressed with mustard”