Otherwise known as Chinese Mahogany, this unique plant will prove the talking point of any vegetable garden. At the seedling stage the fresh young leaves and shoots are edible, highly nutritious, and a popular aromatic vegetable in China. They have an aromatic oniony flavor and are used in stir fries—especially with egg, salads, fried, pickled—and as a seasoning. In China there is a large industry growing the ‘tree vegetable’ in greenhouses and tunnels year round. Also suitable for sprouts and ‘microherb’ production.In gardens it is often kept low to facilitate the easy harvest of young shoots in spring. Leaves, fruits and bark are used in traditional Chinese medicine.