|Yao Waka Gobo (Burdock roots)
In Yao, a unique farming method involves seeding in September, harvesting in December, and collecting the newly grown shoots, resulting in a distinctive soft and easy-to-eat texture. Revered as a herald of spring, this vegetable is sometimes known as "yaa gonbo," likely due to being bundled together like arrows for shipment. At Hatanaka Farm, cultivating produce for three generations, exclusively uses seeds collected from their own harvests. The excellent flavor, with a mild bitterness, makes it versatile for various dishes like braising, tempura, pasta, and more.