Ashitaba, also known as Angelica Keiskei is a large herb cultivated for it roots, stem and leaves that is used to make medicine. Ashitaba originated from Hachijo, Japan, but it is widely planted due to its health benefits. It is used to cure stomach ulcers, cholesterol, constipation, asthma and anemia.
Ashitaba’s leaves are highly regenerative, and they can grow to an average height of 50 to 120 centimeters. Residents of Hachijo refer to Ashitaba as a “longevity herb” because they believe it is the cause of longer and healthier life. The herb is rich in vitamin B12, potassium, vitamin C, iron and calcium.