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Cattail Shoot ‘Sunomono’

Cattail Shoot 'Sunomono'

The cooling, refreshing, cucumber flavour of cattail shoots inspired me to swap them in for cucumbers in this famous Japanese salad. Cattail shoots, or spikes, can be harvested in the spring, on the edges of cattail marshes. Only use the tender white and very light green parts, as the dark green sections are inedibly tough. Be sure to only harvest cattails from clean water, away from busy roads and industry. 

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Yield2 servings as a side dish, double recipe for more

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Japanese soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 
  • 1.5 cups cleaned and sliced cattail shoots (white and very light green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion/green onion, thinly sliced (green part only)

Preparation

1

Pour sugar into a small salad bowl. Add the soy and vinegar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. 

2

Add the sliced cattail shoots and sesame seeds and toss in the dressing. 

Sprinkle with sliced scallion and serve. Enjoy!

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