Angelica keiskei Miq. Umbelliferae has traditionally been used to treat dysuria, dyschezia, and dysgalactia as well as to restore vitality. Recently, the aerial parts of A. Various flavonoids, coumarins, phenolics, acetylenes, sesquiterpene, diterpene, and triterpenes were identified as the constituents of A. The crude extracts and pure constituents were proven to inhibit tumor growth and ameliorate inflammation, obesity, diabetics, hypertension, and ulcer. The extract also showed anti-thrombotic, anti-oxidative, anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial activities.

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A t the beginning of this year I decided to experiment a little: I would expand my knowledge of angelica, attempt to grow Japanese sushi rice, and tackle the world that is ancient wheats.

All of these are grand ideas for a small back garden, some of them faintly ludicrous. Angelica span the northern hemisphere, from our northern European Angelica archangelica to those found in Korea, Japan and China. Many are used in traditional herbal medicines and eaten as a vegetable, from candied stems to boiled leaves and roots.

The modern love for angelica is centred around the handsome, architectural flowers, which appear from late summer to early autumn and turn into equally good seed heads. Many species are biennial, remaining as just a crown of leaves for the first year and then flourishing to the sky to flower in their second. The Korean A. However, I wanted to find the rarer ones, steeped in the magical herbal properties offering a long life. The seed of some of these is not easy to come by, so it was with great excitement that this spring I got hold of some ashitaba, A.

You can pick a leaf first thing in the morning that often results in a new one appearing overnight. Ashitaba grows on the Pacific coast of Japan and is perennial, growing to cm high. It is known for being an important food for samurai and has a long folkloric history as the herb for extending a healthy life.

You can make a tea out of it or use the leaf and root as a vegetable. Raw, it tastes a lot like celery. The leaves are glossy, trilobed and pretty, and it has a lovely umbel of white flowers. It has great potential as a garden plant. Seed must be fresh and sown the following spring. I have yet to find anyone offering it in the UK. Still, I urge the curious to seek it out. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

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It is native to Japan , where it is found on the Pacific Coast. It has been widely cultivated outside its natural range. Like most other members of the carrot family, it produces large umbels of white flowers and has dissected leaves. Angelica keiskei closely resembles Angelica japonica , but can be distinguished by its blooming period, which lasts from May to October, whereas A. Another indicator is the characteristic color of its sap. This species is named in honor of Keisuke Ito , a Japanese physician and biologist. A named cultivar of this species, "Koidzumi", refers to botanist Gen'ichi Koizumi.


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