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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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corkwing Glehnia littoralis, a plant of the west and east coasts of the N. Pacific, is used mainly in Japan, where it is known as hama-bofu and is a valued flavouring herb.

It commonly grows by the shore, with glossy green leaves fanning out over the sand from its reddish stalks. The young leaves and leaf stalks are marketed in Japan and used as an accompaniment for fish dishes and sunomo (vinegared salads, see japanese culinary terms), or pickled. They have a pleasing aroma and flavour, said to taste like a cross between angelica and tarragon.