Edo Tokyo Vegetable Concierge Association
Edo Tokyo Vegetable Concierge Association is working to develop human resources involved in urban agriculture and food education with the aim of popularizing Edo Tokyo vegetables, which are traditional vegetables in Tokyo, and promoting the region through them.
If you are anything like me, you buy your groceries from the supermarket. While that is normal and great, you really miss the connection to where this food you buy is actually coming from. We took the opportunity to take part in a farm tour that not only educated us on how the vegetables are grown and harvested, but we also were able to get down and dirty and harvest each of the different types of vegetables ourselves!
I can’t tell you how amazed I was when I pulled on some green leaves and suddenly an orange carrot was in my hands! One by one we went to different areas of the farm to harvest carrots,cabbage and radish among others. But the biggest fun I had was reaching down and pulling out a huge japanese daikon. I have never seen a vegetable this big! Depending on your strength, you might have to downgrade and try a smaller one. I was so surprised how exhausted I was after pulling one out. Farming is hard work! It was so much fun! And the best part is that at the end of the tour, after harvesting and being educated about the various vegetables, you can take home a bag of all those vegetables for a discounted price! Enjoy the fruits of your labor, literally!
Our final stop was to a restaurant, not far from the Tokyo Skytree. We delivered some of our harvest and the brilliant chef went off to the kitchen. After a day on the farm I could not wait to see what the chef was able to do with the vegetables we brought him.The restaurant is beautifully decorated and it even features a big poster that includes the names and description of most of the vegetables we harvested that morning. When he finally brought the dishes I was so excited. The highlights were two dishes that were incredibly delicious.One was carrot, vegetable greens with some cheese and lemon stripes. The second was soft cooked daikon with a sweet mayo sauce. I can’t explain how delicious it was! It was truly amazing how a chef can transform those freshly plucked vegetables into flavourful dishes. Truly a master of his craft!I cannot recommend this experience enough.
Tokyo for an exciting experience
If you have the chance, please try it out yourself! Having this adventure of harvesting and the cooking and eating of the freshed vegetables are truly a unique experience.