25) A tale of 'Myoga'
It's rare, in this time of COVID-19, to go somewhere on a visit — but a few weeks ago I had a good reason to visit my friend on the west side of Lake Biwa. It was great to sit at their dinner table again. The mountainous area where they live has a lot of "myoga" (Japanese ginger) growing wild around the village, and they eat a lot of it. This plant, which has knee-high bamboo-like leaves, grows from a bud like a small purplish onion protruding from the ground. It originally comes from Western Asia, and found its way via China and Korea to Japan, where it is a common flavoring in summer and autumn, with a crunchy texture and a strange little bite similar to cilantro.