Of all the Japanese sweets that I’ve been posting about here (and I know it’s been a lot!), this one is characteristically my favorite…it just gets me. Everyone who knows me knows that I like red bean paste. Everyone also knows that I love yomogi. Put those two things together into one sweet and it’s a no-brainer!
In English, yomogi is called “Japanese mugwart” (or Artemisia princeps in the plant world). It’s traditionally incorporated into mochi, or Japanese rice cakes to give the standard white rice cakes this wonderful subtle grassy flavour and a beautiful green colour. One step better is when this yomogi mochi is filled with sweet red bean paste. It’s so perfect!
This particular sweet was wrapped up in an oak leaf, just like that kashiwa mochi that I posted about the other day. This is a special springtime sweet, available fresh in all the little Japanese confectionery shops for a brief time while the yomogi plant is in season. It’s such a treat. Now this is what comes to mind when I think of Japanese food!