Renkon, the lotus root, is one of the most mythic Japanese vegetables. As luck would have it, the Siskos got to know the story of this fantastic root vegetable by visiting the Shoojima family in northern Kuyshu.
Harvesting renkon is a muddy hard work but seems to make you addicted. The over 80 year-old grandfather of the family can't stop himself from digging into the wet soil. The root comes in many longish shapes and a holey insides. The story goes that if you peek through the holes you can see into the future.
At home by the Shoojimas the mother is showing us how to prepare the ultimate crunchy slices of the magnificent root. When returning to our residence in Akiyoshidai our bentoboxes are filled with it.