Those are bamboo shoots, but I have no idea why they look like that. I thought because they were so delicate I wouldn’t have to use rice bran in the water to boil them, but I was wrong, they were bitter and I had to boil them again in dashi. I won’t make that mistake again. Outside the farmer’s co-op there’s a little shack where a group of women fry things, it always smells go good. I want to slice up some onions, kabocha, green peppers and zuchini and tempura them together tonight. For some reason I like fried food more in summer than winter, when of course it’s hot enough without hot oil in the kitchen.