Yesterday, my father bought three bunches of cultivated seri.
My father wanted to cultivate seri from the roots, so I cut off the roots, with about 5 cm of the stems attached, and
So, I simply cut the seri into 2-3 cm lengths, rinsed with water, drained, and put it in a frying pan with some oil. I put on the lid, and heated it for 3-4 minutes. I used salad oil, not sesame seed oil.
I added some salt and some soy sauce.
My father planted the roots in a plot later.
This is the second time he has planted seri roots. The first roots have grown only slightly.
Thank you for putting this up. I keep learning about new dishes every time you put something up.
I have two questions:
1. Is seri entirely different in taste from the normal celery?
2. Does seri gohan need to have sesame seeds sprinkled on top before serving?
1. Yes, yes, totally different!
2. No, no need to sprinkle sesame seeds, although some people do so, as I have confirmed by going a google image search for せりご飯 (seri gohan in Japanese).
Thanks for confirming.
I was planning to make the dish exactly as you described but I guess seri gohan with normal celery won't taste good.
Now I have to find a way to source seri and taste the difference!
The Seri leaves looks like Cilantro, Parsley leaves etc. The fresh leaves can be used as a garnish also for rice I guess. Good to know about this dish. What will be side dish ?
seeandoh: Some people say that cilantro and parsley are similar in flavor, while others don't. It may be interesting to try them to see how they taste when combined with rice.
Side dish? Several types of pickle and miso soup!
Seri really is an early vegetable, my seri has shown much new growth since - I think - around February despite the fact that it's still rather cold hereabouts. Perfect to satisfy that craving of green vegetables that I sometimes experience at this time of the year. Inexplicable, because of course fresh vegetables are available in any grocery all around the year. I seem to remember that sometimes seri is differentiated in two types, one of which prefers a wetter habitat?
I'm sure you and your father know that one can grow seri out of cuttings? Seri often sends out offshoots anyway, it can be a bit of a weed. I cut off some stalks, place them in water until short roots appear. I've propagated most of my seri plants that way. The original cutting often dies off but numerous vigorous new shoots soon appear. One can probably skip the placement in water and try planting them directly in moist soil.
Philip: Thank you very much for your detailed information.
This is our very first attempt to grow seri from roots, and I referred to several sites, such as
I hope we succeed in growing it by planting the roots directly in soil, but next time, I think I'll try your method, maybe indoors, so we can get seri in a relatively short time. Thanks again for your suggestion.
Every year, my father can get lots of seri from the yard around the house, but something quite strange has happened this year. He can get absolutely no seri from the yard! That's why he has to buy bunches of seri from the supermarket.
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