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A Guide to Junsai

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Nicknamed "Emeralds of the Water," these water vegetables are known for their health and beauty benefits.

A Guide to Junsai

Categories:   Eats/Treats

Junsai is a traditional water vegetable. Coated in a slippery, gelatinous substance, they grow in big, shallow ponds. Containing large amounts of fiber, junsai is considered to be good for health and beauty. Its soft flavor makes it a versatile ingredient, used in a variety of dishes and even as an ice cream topping.

Junsai can be bought at most Michi no Eki roadside stations in the Shirakami area. Specialty junsai beauty products are also available for purchase.

For those looking for a unique experience, join the annual Junsai Picking World Championship held every June in Mitane Town.