Kyo yasai are traditional vegetables in Kyoto. They have unique shapes, vivid colors and are rich in nutrition. For these reasons, Kyoto vegetables are highly valued. In all, 41 kinds of vegetables in Kyoto are designated as traditional vegetables. On the storefronts of the vegetable shops, there are colorful vegetables in each season. Even just seeing them is a treat.
Kyo yasai have been cultivated since well before the Meiji-era. In fact, they have been a delicacy in Kyoto for many hundreds of years. In the past, Kyoto flourished as Japan’s center of politics and culture. As it was far away from the sea and had a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, vegetarian dishes developed. Kyoto also had a good climate for growing vegetables — a raw winter and extremely hot summer — and its farmers’ efforts continued for a long time, developing up to the present day. Compared with other vegetables, Kyo yasai are a little bit sweeter and have attractive colors. Also, some of them have strange forms.
Here, you can find Kyo yasai necktie, furoshiki, chopsticks, card, kimono, candy, bonbon, senbei, chou à la crème, etc.