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Aralia cordata
is an upright herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) in height, native to Japan, Korea and eastern China. It is known as udo ( 独活) in Japanese, and also as Japanese spikenard or "mountain asparagus". It is commonly found on the slopes of wooded embankments. Aralia cordata is a species of Aralia in the Araliaceae family.

Young stems are consumed from the roots and added to soups and salads. It must be properly cooked, as the raw stems are coated in a resin tasting similar to pine. Prior to eating, they should be thinly sliced and boiled in water a few times or placed in chilled water for an hour to eliminate the resin. The stems may be cooked like asparagus.
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