Myoga Ginger Production in New Zealand
Myoga (Zingiber mioga Roscoe) is a member of the ginger family and a native of Japan. It is grown commercially for the spring shoots and subterranean flower buds it produces in autumn. Myoga flower buds (often called hanamyoga) are used in soups, tempera, pickled, and as a spice with tofu or bean curd. The young shoots are used mainly for making soups (Follett, 1986). Production is strongly seasonal and as a result high quality shoots and flower buds supplied out of season can fetch high prices on the Japanese markets. In order to take advantage of these high prices, a number of New Zealand growers are in the early stages of myoga production. Their first commercial crop of flower buds will be available for export in late Summer and early Autumn 1995. Currently there is little interest in the production of myoga shoots for export.
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