It is the In the spring, the soft early growth of the 5cm ends of the branches are called kinome, literally meaning “tree shoots”.
They gathered for their hearty fragrance and visual beauty, they rejoice with Takenono and this green is always seen in tandem with Bamboo Takenoko. Kinome is one of the seven ingredients used in the classic Japanese condiments shichimi, referred to as Sansho it is particularly useful.
They come from deciduous trees that lose their leaves in the fall and regrow them in the spring. They apparently belong to the tangerine family and are found in the wild in Japanese forests – every part is aromatic and edible.