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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Cryptotaenia

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Cryptotaenia is a genus of two species of herbaceous perennial plants, native to North America and eastern Asia, growing wild in moist, shady places.


  • Cryptotaenia canadensis
  • Cryptotaenia japonica (syn. C. canadensis subsp. japonica)

Some other species previously included in this genus (as C. africana, C. calycina) have been shown by molecular evidence not to belong in Cryptotaenia.[1]

Culinary uses[edit]

C. japonica is raised as a seasoning (similar to angelica).

English names for the plant include mitsuba, Japanese wild parsley, stone parsley, honeywort, san ip, and san ye qin (from Chinese: 三叶芹; pinyin: sānyè qín). Like parsley, the flavor is clean and refreshing with a slightly bitter taste which some describe as celery-like. The sprouts are used in salads and soup. In Japan it is commonly used as a garnish in soups or atop entrees or as a sushi ingredient.

Nutritional benefits[edit]

Mitsuba's dark green leaves, stems, and pods have an extensive nutritional profile, including high levels of calcium and vitamin C.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hardway, T. M.; Spalik, K.; Watson, M. F.; Katz-Downie, D. S.; Downie, S. R. (2004). "Circumscription of Apiaceae tribe Oenantheae" (pdf). South African Journal of Botany 70 (3): 393–406. 

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