mioga (Zingiber mioga). "Japanese ginger." Small young bud of a mountain plant, a member if the ginger family.
In contrast to ginger, only the buds and stem are used. Mioga has a delicate fragrance and is not hot like ginger. The buds are thinly sliced and used as a garnish in soups (miso for example), sunomono, sashimi and certain dishes. Buds and stems can also be made into vinegar pickles.
[Myoga. Photo Ad Blankestijn}
Myoga is grown in Gunma, Kochi and Akita.