Category Archives: Vegetables and Fruit

Goya Season is Back

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One of the most popular keywords that brings new visitors to my blog is Goya (aka bitter melon). One of my very first posts back in 2010 included goya in a recipe. I’m thrilled to see that goya awareness has grown so much over the past few years. If you’re looking for an in-depth article on growing or cooking with this healthy plant check out THIS POST. With 2014 well underway we’re heading into goya season, and although my current

Getto – It’s many Uses

Last week I caught this post over at Ryukyu Mike’s blog and was reminded of my time on Kitadaito Island.  Kitadaito’s biggest industry is sugar production, but during my time there (2008-2011) they created a factory to harness the many uses of the getto plant, aka Alpinia zerumbet.   So what is a getto?  It’s a tall stalk based plant with broad, tapering leaves and white cone-shaped flowers.  The stalks grow slowly but prodigiously, and regrow after being cut down.  They

Goya – The Bitter Melon

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One of the most popular aspects of Japanese culture throughout the world is its unique culinary traditions.  There are innumerable three, four, and five-star restaurants domestically, while sushi, teriyaki, and even teppanyaki have become well-known internationally.  Still, there are many delicious and healthy Japanese food items that have yet to hit the mainstream.  Today I hope to introduce you a bitter melon that can do more than fill your belly. This article covers a lot!  I go from seed to dish