peanut butter and crown daisy japanese food recipe

What is Crown daisy?

Crown daisy, also known as chrysanthemum greens, edible chrysanthemum, or shungiku (春菊) in Japanese, is a leafy green vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cuisine, particularly in Japan, China, and Korea. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is botanically related to chrysanthemum flowers.

Crown daisy has a unique flavor that can be described as mildly bitter and peppery, with a hint of sweetness. The leaves are tender and have a pleasant texture, making them suitable for various culinary uses. The stems are also edible and have a crisp and crunchy texture.

In Japan, crown daisy is widely used in traditional dishes, such as nabemono (hot pot dishes), stir-fries, and tempura. It is often added to soups and salads as well. The vegetable is highly nutritious, containing vitamins A and C, as well as minerals like potassium and calcium.

Crown daisy is commonly found in Asian grocery stores and markets, especially in regions with a significant Asian population. It is a popular ingredient in the spring and autumn when it is in season. When buying crown daisy, look for fresh, vibrant green leaves and avoid any yellowing or wilting.

As with any leafy green, crown daisy should be washed thoroughly before use to remove any dirt or impurities. It can be used in both cooked and raw preparations, adding a delightful flavor and nutritional boost to your dishes.

How to make Peanut butter and spinach (Crown daisy)

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