after some days of cold, grey weather, Spring is finally here.
This is a photo of our latest hike at Ukitake (浮岳).
and here are the beautiful plum-blossoms near our appartement...
that mushroom is called "Erdstern" in German (earthstar) and it's everywhere here now. It always grows before morel-season, so it tells me, I have to wait one more week with my morel hunt eventually.
But we can already pick Fukinoto (フキノト) here... those are the flowers of the japanese butter-burr. They taste bitter, but very pleasant.
They are a little bit more difficult to find here, than in Hakodate, because they need cold climate, but if you drive a little bit into the mountains, you can find a lot of them.
I made them as Tenpura, together with paprika and shiitake :)