SUGUKI-Traditional Pickles in Kyoto
Regarding delicacies in Kyoto, Tsukemono (漬物, Japanese pickles) is very famous. Among the most renowned ones, namely, Senmaizuke (千枚漬け, pickled sliced radishes), Suguki (すぐき, pickled Suguki-turnip), and Shibazuke(柴漬け, chopped pickled vegetables), I love Suguki best.
Suguki is originally a traditional vegetable mainly produced in the Kamigamo (上賀茂) district, very similar to turnips but in fact different. Suguki pickles are produced by a traditional lactic acid fermentation, and good for health because of Labre bacteria contained in it.
As for me, I don’t need anything more if I have boiled rice and Suguki. It’s a specialty of this season and so delicious. I might as well go to Kamigamo to purchase it.