Have you ever seen this kind of plants in Japan?
The academic name of the plant is Petasites japonicus and "Fuki" in Japanese. As the name shows it grows mainly in Japan. It can be seen in Korea, China and Sakhalin in Russia, too.
It grows in the area that has enough water such as the bank of creek or river, hillside of mountains and the perimeter of forest.
After cutting fuki to adjust the length of it, it should be boiled for two minutes to four minutes, according to the length and thickness of the stem.
The bitter taste of fuki shows the power of the plants that grow so fast in spring. The bitter taste is the proof it contains a kind of polyphenol.
I will introduce another taste of spring next time.