Tohoku Veggie Boxes

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From April 14th 1:30 this site will be selling veggie boxes from Fukushima and Tohoku. Each box will be 1200yen and will contain 4-5 vegetables (none from the banned list). If you have a chance please support the farmers up north. This site also sells organic vegetables FYI. The site is in Japanese.

Name of the veggie box: 福島と北関東の農家がんばろうセット

Please note the picture is from my farmers market haul from January. The veggies in season now will be different.

If you can’t find rice don’t forget barley

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Hi all,

My supermarket ran out of rice two days ago but last night the barley shelf was full. Japanese only use barley as an add in for rice so it is not on everyone’s list of staple foods. There are three kinds at my supermarket: komekomugi (cracked barley that looks like rice – above), oshimugi (rolled barley), and vitabare (cracked, rolled and fortified with vitamin B – above). Use a 2:1 water:barley ratio and cook it in the rice cooker or on the stove. The vitabare cookes the fastest on the stove.

Vocabulary
大麦 (おおむぎ oomugi) Barley
押し麦/押麦 (おしむぎ oshimugi) Rolled barley
米粉麦 (こめこむぎ komekomugi?) Cracked barley (the English translation is my guess)

Barley is located in the rice section, usually on the top shelf. Here 800g is 300-400 yen.