Flower buds - raw or cooked. They taste somewhat like green beans. They contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein. Flowers - raw or cooked[85, K]. They can be dried and used as a thickener in soups etc. If the flowers are picked just as they start to wither they can be used as a condiment. The flowers are a traditional food in China where they are steamed and then dried.Root - cooked. They taste like a blend of sweet corn and salsify. We have found them to be tender but fairly bland with a slight sweetness[K]. The swollen roots are quite small and are only really worthwhile using if the plant is being dug up for divisions or some other reason[K].
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Plants are very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c. A very vigorous plant, spreading by underground rhizomes. The plant has a fibrous root system with occasional spindle-like swellings. Cultivated as a food and medicinal plant in Japan. Individual flowers are short-lived, they open at night and last for 20 - 76 hours. The plant produces a succession of blooms over a period of about 2 months. The flowers are fragrant. The flowers have a honeysuckle-like scent and this can pervade the air for a considerable distance when warmed by the summer sunshine. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. 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.
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