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Burdock

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Burdock root

Cooked burdock root

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Burdock is a crisp root vegetable with an off-white colored flesh and mild flavor. It's related to artichokes, as they are both a member of the thistle family.

Burdock flowers can also be eaten, and taste similar to artichokes. Burdock leaves are sometimes used as an herb.

Burdock is popular in Japanese cuisine, where it is referred to as Gobo.

To prepare burdock, you could peel the burdock root and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Combine with other cut-up root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets, kohlrabi, etc. Toss with olive oil and Kosher salt and roast in a 400° oven for about 40 minutes.

You can also slice the burdock root thinly and sauté it in a hot pan along with some onions and maybe a second vegetable such as broccoli (be sure to blanch it first).

You could even slice it up and dry it and use it for making tea.

Also Known As:

  • Greater burdock
  • Edible burdock
  • Lappa burdock
  • Gobo
  • Bardana
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