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Winter Crop

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 22 November 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

The little green shoots in the foreground are the cut, harvested rice plants that sprout again, but which will die off when the frosts come. Rice fields are then left fallow for the winter.
Here a local farmer thins out seedlings in the neighboring field for his next vegetable crop: a long, white winter root called a daikon (大根). I am not a good cook by any means, but I do make a pretty good stewed daikon (ふろふき大根), and it tastes very nice on a cold winter evening. It takes several hours to gently boil in a mixture of Japanese fish stock (dashi; だし) and the water used to wash the rice, and then is topped with a special kind of miso paste. OK, well, it tastes much better than I perhaps make it sound. I always know that when this farmer starts pulling his daikon that I had better get to the store soon because the roots will be at their peak flavor.

NIKON D300 1/250 second F/7.1 ISO 200 142 mm (35mm equiv.)

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You framed him well. As I remember daikon is a form of radish that I had as a garnish on sashimi. Could you email a cup of soup? best…jf

22 Nov 2011 6:00am

Veronique from Suisse/France, France

hard work, nice right framing

22 Nov 2011 8:41am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Nicely framed!

22 Nov 2011 9:32am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un travail harrassant et terrible pour le dos !!! une belle image de labeur.

22 Nov 2011 10:04am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Treasures, their work, you showing how hard they work, I love your photos

22 Nov 2011 10:59am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Back breaking work that has gone on for centuries! Your stewed daikon sounds delicious GJC! Would you be so kind as to send me the recipe. ;-)

22 Nov 2011 12:29pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

You have to post a picture of your ふろふき大根.

22 Nov 2011 12:51pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a lovely composition and my back aches just looking at your farmer friend. I too would like to take your stewed daikon!

22 Nov 2011 1:14pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

nice composition, great image !
thank you for visited my blog and comments.....:)

22 Nov 2011 3:55pm

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

he is doing the hard job,
we will eat it later on
well seen

22 Nov 2011 5:13pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

22 Nov 2011 7:28pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Great shot, very nice compo and yess, hard work!!
Love the colors, well done!

Grz Sien

22 Nov 2011 9:23pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What a great composition! This picture tells a whole story. Very well done.

22 Nov 2011 10:14pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

great compo and patterns here. Nice work.

23 Nov 2011 1:44am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I was fascinated by daikon but had no idea what to do with it. Your description sounds delicious and I would like to try it if I ever get the chance. This photo of the farmer, in his field, is an excellent composition.

25 Nov 2011 5:58pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Wonderful farming photo. As always, great composition. Thanks for the description.

26 Nov 2011 11:34am

franz from Baden, Austria

very well composed and framed, with strong colours and textures and an interesting comment to go with it!

27 Nov 2011 8:59pm

Diane Chesnel from Rueil malmaison, France

Beautiful composition, very well composed.

2 Dec 2011 6:59pm

1/250 second
ISO 200
142 mm (35mm equiv.)