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!