Kanpyo is a unique traditional food made from gourds which have been shaved into ribbons then dried. With large amounts of iron, phosphorous and calcium, kanpyo is a nutritionally well-balanced food. In order to prepare it, kanpyo should be washed, rubbed and softened with a spoonful of salt, then soaked in fresh water for a few minutes. It should then be boiled for several minutes or simmered in stock to add flavour. It is used in many dishes including makizushi (rolled sushi).