Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked. The tubular flowers are about 7.5cm long and 13cm in diameter. Each stem carries 6 - 8 flowers. The flowers contain carotene and starch. The flower buds contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein.Root - raw or cooked. A radish-like flavour but not so sharp.
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Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. The roots have spindle-shaped swellings. The cultivar 'Major' is smaller than the type species, but has larger flowers, it is sometimes cultivated for these edible flowers in Japan. There is some doubt as to whether this cultivar really is a form of H. aurantiaca. Individual flowers are very short-lived, opening in the morning and withering in the evening. Plants take a year or two to become established after being moved. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits. The plants are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, the young growth in spring is especially at risk.There is some doubt as to the origins of this plant, it might have arisen in cultivation at Kew. It is cultivated in Japan, where it is believed to have come from China. It is quite possibly a hybrid since it is sterile unless fertilized by another species.
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