Aralia cordata Health effects and herbal facts
Aralia cordata is an upright herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 2 to 3 metres in height, native to Japan, Korea and eastern China. It is known as udo in Japanese, and also as Japanese spikenard or "mountain asparagus". It is commonly found on the slopes of wooded embankments. Aralia cordata is a species of Aralia in the Araliaceae family. The plant yields new shoots every spring, which are blanched and then eaten as a vegetable. In Korea, the dried root of the plant has been traditionally used as medicine. The young shoots have a strong yet pleasant distinct aromatic flavor. In addition to food and medicinal use, the plant is cultivated as an ornamental.
Economic importance of Aralia cordata
- Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea, South - Kyongsang Puk
- China: China
- Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea