Japanese Field Mustard Salad “Ohitashi”
Yellow carpet of field mustard flowers is a representative spring landscape. Love it!
Field mustard (Brassica rapa) is called “Nano-Hana”, written “菜の花” literally “flower of vegetable”.
It is popular as edible flower in spring season.
One of my favorite poem related to nano-hana is a work by YOSA BUSON (1716-1783).
Field of bright mustard,
the moon in the east, the sun in the west.
HASS, R. 1994. THE ESSENTIAL HAIKU
菜の花や 月は東に 日は西に
Nano hana ya,
tsuki wa higashi ni, hi wa nishi ni.
与謝蕪村 YOSA BUSON
- Wash field mustard (150 g) and cook them in boiling water for 1 minute.
(Immerse stem first for about 30 seconds, then put in the rest. After 30 seconds it is cooked.)
- Drain and cool down it.
- Soak them in soy sauce (1.5 tbs), dashi broth (3 tbs), and mirin (0.5 tbs) for over 10 minutes.
- Then cut into 3 cm.
・Nano-Hana / Nanohana
is a field mustard (Brassica rapa). 菜の花 literally “vegetable flower”
is one of typical Japanese meals. Green vegetables such as spinach soaked in dashi seasoned with soy sauce and a littel mirin, after parboiled. お浸し（おひたし） literally “soak” * “O” is an honorific word.