Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Japanese eggplants vary in size, shape, flavor and more depending on the climate in which they're grown. In summer, peak season, many varieties line the shops. We visit Niigata Prefecture, Japan's largest eggplant consumer, to discover its unique eggplant culture. That culture includes special eggplant cooking methods and even eggplants salt-pickled in clay! Plus, we learn about the deep connections between eggplants and ancient Japanese customs.

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Trails to Oishii Tokyo

This time, we feature turnips. There are over 100 kinds produced all over Japan, but Kyoto Prefecture grows the country's largest, and is known for a variety used to make pickled turnips. We visit Kyoto to discover traditional turnip cuisine, plus a pickled version made with wisdom passed down through the generations. We also feature an innovative French cuisine which puts the unique texture of turnips front and center. Discover delicious turnips, which pack in sweetness in winter.

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This episode focuses on Kanpyo - a white, stringy, and noodle-like food unique to Japan that is actually peeled and dried parts of a vegetable. Kanpyo-maki is a popular snack easily found in convenience stores. It is also used in place of string to keep foods in form. 90% of Kanpyo production takes place in Tochigi Prefecture, where one can witness exciting production methods, and taste various Kanpyo recipes from Japanese cuisine and sweets to French cuisine.

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Pumpkins are known around the world, but Japan's are known for their strong, sticky-sweet flavor. They are eaten throughout the year in many ways, such as boiled and fried in tempura. Japan has over 30 types of traditional pumpkins, which originated in Portugal, took on many unique forms thanks to Japan's varied climate, and all have their own interesting shapes and textures. Join us to discover where pumpkins are grown and the simple ways in which they are cooked to retain their delicious flavor.

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