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朝市の"MYSTERY VEGETABLE"~

Does anyone know what this is? 笑
I found it at a “morning market”(朝市).  In North America the closest thing to a Japanese “morning market” is called a “farmer’s market”.  Farmers go there to sell their meat, vegetables and fruit directly to customers.  In many cities and towns, the “farmer’s market” is only open on the weekends.  I guess the farmers are busy farming during the week.  😉
In Japan I noticed there is a lot of fish being sold at the “morning market”, but I haven’t seen any meat there.  The prices are much cheaper than the supermarket.  I bought 4 tuna steaks for just 400yen!  😆
Anyway, I found this MYSTERY VEGETABLE...  I was surprised by how colorful it is.  Each leaf is bright green on one side, and bright purple on the other side.  I have heard that colorful foods have lots of vitamins and nutrients - so I bought it.  It was about 200yen.
At first, I put it in a smoothie with berries, juice, soy milk, etc.  It was just OK.  The taste is quite strong and a little bitter, so maybe it’s not good for a smoothie. (>_<)
Next I steamed it then added a little butter, salt, and pepper.  It was really good!  However, almost anything is good with butter, salt, and pepper!  Also the color turns to a dark purple when it is steamed (the green goes away).
Is this vegetable common?  Does anybody know what it is, or how to cook it?
It’s a mystery to me...  But the color is awesome!
-エイブmv

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