Yuzu is a citrus fruit with a bumpy skin, which contains an aromatic taste and thus gives beautiful accents to dishes. The most famous use of Yuzu is the Japanese Ponzu sauce. Yuzu is also used for bathing during cold winter months. The peel then gives off a wonderful aroma and warmth that would reduce the cold and relax the mind. This is called yuzuyu.
Kinome is the young leaf of the Sansho (prickly ash tree). It has a fresh flavour which reminds of citrus fruits, yuzu and kaffir lime. This freshness is combined with peppery and spicy notes.Moreover, it numbs the tongue, just like szechuan peppers do. This numbing effect is caused by a confusion in the nerves called 'sanshools'.
You may be familiar with Shiso Leaves. These beautiful, large leaves are the leaves of the Shiso plant. This plant also produces edible flowers called Hana Hijiso, or Hanaho Flowers. The flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but are also very tasty and aromatic.
Shiso Leaves Green is called 'Ōba' in Japan. And there is no fish dish imaginable that this product cannot be served with. Take a nice, fresh piece of tuna. Dip it in Japanese soy sauce and wrap a Shiso leaf around it. A true taste sensation. The leaf has a very mild taste but is definitely present.
This sharp and spicy root is popular in countries such as Germany and Great-Britain, but is now gaining popularity in other countries. It is often confused with horse radish because they got a comparable feeling of mustard-like heat. Unlike chillies, the heat from wasabi and horseradish does not linger for very long.
Myoga is also called Japanese ginger. It's ginger's little sister and it's praised for it’s beautiful, delicate flower buds. These young flower buds grow directly from the ground and when you let them grow, flowers will appear. The taste of myoga is like ginger, but mild and has the bite of a shallot.