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Nanakusa-Gayu


In Japan, there is a tradition of eating seven-herb rice porridge called "Nanakusa-gayu" on January 7th. The nanakusa are seven herbs of spring. They are water dropwort(seri), shepherd's purse(nazuna), cudweed(gogyo), chickweed(hakobera), nipplewort(hotokenoza), turnip(suzuna) and radish(suzushiro). Nanakusa-gayu is derived from China and became Japanese custom too. People eat it to bring longevity and health of this year. You can rest your gastrointestinal tract to overeat New Year's cuisine. I couldn't prepare seven herbs in NY. So I used only kale. As you know, kale has a lot of nutritions. I simmered rice and boiled kale with chicken stock and ate with plum pickles. I recommend nanakusa-gayu on the next day you eat and drink too much.

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