Ashitaba is a type of Japanese herb similar to angelica. Its name literally means "tomorrow's leaves," which shows that the plant is so vital that even if the leaves are picked today it will have new leaves tomorrow . It grows on Hachijojima Island and its medicinal effectiveness has been known since the Edo period. The leaves are good to be eaten as tempura, stir-fry, or in miso soup.
uses: a potent immune booster, also known as a longevity herb in Japan.