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Nanohana Field, Bitchu Kokubunji

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 21 September 2009 in Plant & Nature.

The stems of Nanohana (菜の花) (rapeseed) are eaten as a vegetable in Japan. Nanohana looks a lot like long-stemmed broccoli. It's not eaten as a vegetable at all in the UK, as far as I know, although of course the oil is widely use (canola oil). Maybe it's a different variety in Japan? Anyone know why it's not eaten in the UK? How about other countries...?

This field is next to Bitchu Kokubunji temple, Okayama, Japan.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Standley from Carquefou, France

A lovely perspective Daryl. Here as well it's only used for oil!

21 Sep 2009 8:14am

@Standley: Thanks Richard. Glad to have you back.

mo.langel from Switzerland

Beautiful perspective of this jelow field!

21 Sep 2009 11:00am

@mo.langel: Thanks mo!

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wonderful bright color -- this is helping me to wake up!!! ;)

21 Sep 2009 3:09pm

@dj.tigersprout: Cheers dj!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this rapeseed. I'm only aware of its use for oil here.

21 Sep 2009 3:55pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve! Did you ever eat it in Japan?

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Maybe because it's healthy and westerners prefer fatty foods.

22 Sep 2009 10:42pm

@Twelvebit: I do wonder... it was one of my favourite veggies in Japan, really surprised you can't find it here.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Isn't this view making the viewer come alive??! What a show of yellow! Love it! (P.S. I don't like canola oil! And...I never EAT nanohana; for me it remains a flower in the field!)

23 Sep 2009 2:41am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela. Why don't you like nanohana? I love it!