Myoga Flower Bulbs

The myoga are here!  What?!  The myoga are here!  I just happened to glance down under our large fern when looking out of our doorway.  And, there it was.  I spied a pale yellow myoga flower.

Ripe Myoga Flower Bulb

I truly was not expecting them until August.  My last recorded first harvest was August 14th.  I usually pick the last ones in early October. I wonder if the season has shifted or gotten longer this year.  We’ll see.  (For the answer, go here.)

Myoga is a type of ginger plant that likes lots of water in my experience.  The last couple of years I’ve cut back on watering this plot and you can see the myoga are objecting.  They still produce.  However, the buds are not as big as they used to be.  That’s OK because the harvest is plenty big for our needs.  The myoga share this tiny plot (less than 5×3 feet) with a giant fern, out of control Italian parsley, a few landscaping plants, and large brick pavers.  Yet the harvest for our fist day alone is the pile pictured above.  You’ll find more information about myoga in another post.

Myoga Ginger Plant

Today I was craving some of those Hawaiian Style Daikon pickles.  I did not keep a jar of the last batch that was donated to the OCBC Obon Festival.  There happened to be some very nice daikon at the Irvine Farmer’s Market today.  Now with myoga flower buds on hand, it was a no brainer to add them to the jars to spice up these pickles.  I used the same recipe as before, minus the red radishes.  The flavor of myoga is much more mild than ginger root, but still pungent.  I love it best with miso or in miso soup.

Myoga Spice Daikon Pickles

So, why are the myoga here early this year?  Lack of rain?  Southern California is currently experiencing a drought.  Global warming?  I guess only time will tell.  Is anyone else experiencing a shift in their harvest season?  If so, please leave a comment and tell us about it.