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 just used as a beautiful decoration though. It is used for a variety of ailments, food, and makeup in Japan.
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 is also known as ‘Sakuna‘ in Japanese, but there is no English name assigned to the plant due to its
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. It is not only Okinawans who love Shikuwasa drinks and flavored foods, but also tourists from China, Korea, and all
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) may sound strange and unknown in Western countries but is an effective, commonly used method of losing a few pounds
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 from Afghanistan, Turkey, and surrounding countries. It is difficult to find this particular vegetable in many countries. The black carrot is
Fermented Foods: It’s Better For You Than It Sounds

Fermented Foods: It’s Better For You Than It Sounds

Fermented Foods This country knows the remarkable effects fermented goods has on the body. Fermented supplements, drinks, food, and teas are offered in stores all over the country. Extensive research is carried out and articles are published all over the world proving the health treatments of fermentation on the human
The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

Okinawa is an area of great health and longevity so… Why would you want to eat like them?     -They have lower rates of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer compared to mainland Japan and America -Their life expectancy is higher than other countries averaging