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Myoga Ginger (Zingiber mioga)

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Myoga ginger in pot.jpg
myoga ginger in pot.jpg
myoga ginger buds for eating attr Nesnad.jpg
Myoga ginger flowering credit yamatsu.jpg

Myoga Ginger (Zingiber mioga)

from 5.00

Myoga ginger (Japanese ginger, zingiber mioga) is rhizome that is popular in Asian cooking. Easy to grow, the parts eaten are the flower buds and shoots, which come up in Autumn. As long as you keep it in the shade, the height of this plant can add a lot to a flower display, however, many people prefer to grow it in pots because the rhizome will spread and can be a pain to dig up.

This plant is easily controlled and not invasive. Its rhizome is much thinner than galangal and as a result is easily removed from any area you plant it. When I have the space, I grow mine indoors in the bathroom (why struggle with ferns and palms when gingers look exotic too!)

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Myoga ginger (Japanese ginger, zingiber mioga) is rhizome that is popular in Asian cooking. Easy to grow, the parts eaten are the flower buds and shoots, which come up in Autumn. As long as you keep it in the shade, the height of this plant can add a lot to a flower display, however, many people prefer to grow it in pots because the rhizome will spread and can be a pain to dig up.

This plant is easily controlled and not invasive. Its rhizome is much thinner than galangal and as a result is easily removed from any area you plant it. When I have the space, I grow mine indoors in the bathroom (why struggle with ferns and palms when gingers look exotic too!)

Myoga is native to Japan, Korea and China, all of which have special uses for the buds. Myoga takes well to the NZ climate and is grown here for export back to Japan. It needs shade to grow, and prefers to stay above 16 degrees, losing its leaves if it gets too cold. An easy grower!

Do remember that just because this plant is in the ginger family, it is not the same as the ginger you commonly buy at the supermarket. Its rhizome is edible but doesn’t have nearly the same flavour- Myoga flower buds are quite delicate in their flavour.

A root clump will take an additional 6-8 months to establish, so depending on when you purchase it, you may not get flowers within a year.

Photo credit

-three myoga ginger buds prepared for eating- Nesnad via Wikimedia commons

-Myoga ginger flower- Yamatsu via Wikimedia commons