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Zingiber mioga
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Zingiber
Species: Z. mioga
Binomial name
Zingiber mioga
(Thunb.) Roscoe
  • Amomum mioga Thunb.
  • Zingiber mijooka Siebold, spelling variation
  • Zingiber sjooka Siebold
  • Zingiber mioga var. variegatum Makino
  • Zingiber echuanense Y.K.Yang

Japanese ginger or myoga ginger (myōga (茗荷?)) is the species Zingiber mioga in the Zingiberaceae family. It is an herbaceous, deciduous, perennial native to Japan, China, and the southern part of Korea.[1][2][3]Only its edible flower buds and flavorful shoots are used in cooking.[4] Flower buds are finely shredded and used in Japanese cuisine as a garnish for miso soup, sunomono, and dishes such as roasted eggplant. In Korean cuisine, flower buds are skewered alternately with pieces of meat and then are pan-fried.

A traditional crop in Japan, myoga ginger has been introduced to cultivation in Australia and New Zealand for export to the Japanese market.

As a woodland plant, myoga has specific shade requirements for its growth. It is frost-tolerant to 0°F (-18°C), and possibly colder.

Medicinal properties[edit]

Some constituents of myoga are cytotoxic; others have shown promise for potentially anticarcinogenic properties.[5]


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