Early spring collection
Walk around the lake-collection
Netherlands, Amsterdam Gaasperplas park
Grouped bundles of little green-white flowers, surrounded by yellow-green spring leaves… there were lots of them covering a certain area of the forest ground in the park.
This composite was unknown to me, but made us think of Common Butterbur (Dutch: Groot Hoefblad). And with some research, I was able to determine this one as:
Fuki, bog rhubarb, or giant butterbur (Petasites japonicus – in Dutch: ‘Japanese Hoefblad’ ) Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia [quote:]
“it is an herbaceous perennial plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Japan, where the spring growth is relished as a vegetable.
The traditional preparation method for this vegetable involves pre-treating with ash or baking soda and soaking in water to remove harshness, which is a technique known as Aku-nuki. The shoot can be chopped and ｓtir fried with miso to make Fuki-miso which is eaten as a relish thinly spread over hot rice at meals.
The bulb-like shoots are also picked fresh and fried as tempura.
The plant is also used in traditional Oriental medicine for treating asthma, oxidant stress and gastric ulcer”
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/60 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 100 Focal length 300
Features and Top10 placements
Top10 in Green – Wildflowers of the world (Jan. 9, 2012)
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