Goya ‘Bitter Melon’ – The Green Heart of Okinawa

A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

Ginger Family Alpinia zerumbet or Alpinia speciosa The Getto plant can be found in most Okinawan people’s backyards and alongside many streets and paths of the island. It is not
The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

Parsley Family Peucedanum japonicum Japanese plant native to Okinawa  Chomeiso (cho-may-so) is a well-known, traditional herb on the island of Okinawa but virtually unheard of outside of Okinawa, Japan. It
The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

Citrus Family Citrus Depressa Japanese plant native to Okinawa and Taiwan Shikuwasa or Shikwasa (Shee-koo-wah-sah/Sheek-wah-sah) is a popular fruit in Okinawa. The word Shikuwasa means ‘eating vinegar‘ in Okinawan language.
The Popular Japanese Diet Ingredient: Kurozu ‘Black Vinegar’

The Popular Japanese Diet Ingredient: Kurozu ‘Black Vinegar’

Kurozu – Black Vinegar Made from Fermented Rice The ‘Kurozu Diet’ is one of the most popular diets in Japan A diet based on consuming black vinegar called kurozu (koo-row-zoo)
The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

Parsley and Carrot Family Daucus carota L. Have you ever seen a black carrot? That is a picture of black carrots grown in the fields in Okinawa, Japan. Black carrots originate