FANS of common stem ginger might like to try a hardier version that not only survives but thrives in our UK climate. While supermarket-bought ginger (Zingiber officinale) hails from tropical Asia, Z. mioga prefers more mountainous terrain, so it’s happier in our temperate climate (myoga is hardy to -15°C/5°F). Rather than the rhizomes being edible, it’s the young shoots that are harvested.
Afford them an organic-rich well-drained soil and you’ll soon get a sizeable clump. Frosts knock back the foliage, but the roots remain alive.
If you fancy an eye-catching variety then look for ‘White Feather’ with cream and pale-green variegated streaks. Growing to above waist height, this is a great addition to any exotic planting scheme.
Tasty Japanese ginger shoots