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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves and stems - raw or cooked[1][2][3]. Used as a flavouring with a parsley-like flavour if you let your imagination run away with you[K]. Seedlings and young leaves can be used in salads[4]. When cooking, the leaves should not be cooked for more than a couple of minutes or the flavour is destroyed[4]. The leaves contain about 2.3% protein, 0.23% fat, 4.4% carbohydrate, 2.1% ash[5].

Root - raw or cooked[1][2][3][6]. Blanched stem - a celery substitute[1][3].

The seed is used as a seasoning.

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Cryptotaenia japonica.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Women's complaints. Used in the treatment of haemorrhages, colds, fevers etc[7].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow April in a greenhouse. Germination is usually rapid, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. The ideal temperature for sowing is about 25°c, though seed does germinate at higher and lower temperatures[4]. Seed can also be sown in early autumn[4]. Division in spring or autumn.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in most soils, preferring a moist shady position under trees where it often self-sows[2]. The leaves tend to turn yellow when plants are grown in full sun[4].

This species is not winter-hardy in all areas of Britain, though plants can tolerate short periods at temperatures down to -10°c[4]. Mitsuba is commonly cultivated as a vegetable in Japan, there are some named varieties[6]. It is usually grown as an annual[4]. It is closely allied to C. canadensis, and is considered to be no more than a synonym of that species by some botanists[8].

This plant is adored by slugs and snails and must be protected when small or when new growth is emerging in the spring[K].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cryptotaenia japonica. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Cryptotaenia japonica.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cryptotaenia japonica
Genus
Cryptotaenia
Family
Umbelliferae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.3 Larkcom. J. Salads all the Year Round. Hamlyn (1980-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Oriental Herbs and Vegetables, Vol 39 No. 2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1986-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.7 Larkcom J. Oriental Vegetables John Murray ISBN 0-7195-4781-4 (1991-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Reid. B. E. Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre (1977-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre ()
    8. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    9. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)
    10. ? www.foj.info Flora of Japan ()

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