Botanical name: Zingiber mioga
Other names: Japanese ginger, Oshoga, Kintoki, Sanshu
This is a ginger plant that gets full use on the culinary front. In Japan, chefs use the Myoga ginger’s flowers and shoots as garnishes on some dishes. Japanese ginger has a zesty, spicy flavor and a strong aroma. This is usually that delicate yet powerful ginger you grab a slice of between pieces of sushi.
The cultivar “Dancing Crane” (Zingiber mioga “Dancing Crane”) is hardier than some of its Zingiber counterparts; it’s hardy enough to survive winters in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10.
- Grows best in partial shade
- Forms upright leaf stalks to 3 feet tall
- Thrives in rich, moist, soil (mulch can help retain moisture)
- Produces a spicy rhizome with thin outer skin and yellow flesh
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