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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Apiales
Familia: Apiaceae
Subfamilia: Apioideae
Tribus: Oenantheae
Genus: Cryptotaenia
Species: C. canadensis - C. japonica


Cryptotaenia DC.

Cryptotaenia is a genus of two species of herbaceous perennial plants, native to North America and eastern Asia, growing wild in moist, shady places.


Cryptotaenia canadensis
Cryptotaenia japonica (syn. C. canadensis subsp. japonica)

Some other species previously included in this genus (as C. africana, C. calycina) have been shown by molecular evidence not to belong in Cryptotaenia (Hardway et al., 2004).

Culinary uses

C. japonica is raised as a seasoning (similar to angelica).

English names for the plant include mitsuba, Japanese wild parsley, honeywort, san ip, and san ye qin (from Chinese: 三叶芹; pinyin: sānyè qín). Like parsley, the flavor is clean and refreshing with a slightly bitter taste which some describe as celery-like. The sprouts are used in salads and soup. In Japan it is commonly used as a garnish in soups or atop entrees or as a sushi ingredient.

Nutritional benefits

Mitsuba's dark green leaves, stems, and pods are high in vitamin C and calcium in particular, in addition to having a strong nutritional profile.

Traditional uses

Mitsuba has been used traditionally for its perceived medicinal benefits as a strengthening tonic.

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