How to Use Ashitaba Plants | Garden Guides

Overview

Most American herbalists know ashitaba as the longevity plant (Angelica keiskei), a perennial plant native to Japan that has been used medicinally and as a food for thousands of years. It grows well in areas near seacoasts and is hardy to temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The leaves and roots are edible—you can eat them either raw or cooked. Medicinal uses include this plant’s use as a diuretic and laxative and it is also reported to provide support for the immune system (though never ingest it without discussing it with your doctor first).

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