Post by mountaindweller on Jun 14, 2013 1:36:26 GMT -5
There is a cultivated form, several to be precise. I still haven't dug it out, because the only thing I can think of is chopping it into a soup. Apparently it is mega healthy maybe because it is a mineral accumulator. I think the wild form is more used as a medicinal. So the next time you rip it out at least you use it or sell it or think of the next Chrissie pressies for the in laws. dried burdock health tea.. It is not only used in Chinese medicine it is used in Western medicine too.
Post by mountaindweller on Jul 11, 2013 7:01:13 GMT -5
I tried some. While the yield is not so amazing compared to the space it takes, it is really nice in soup. The children are not so fond of it. I will plant more. maybe trial another variety than taki.... long. I would like to have thicker roots, they are easier to clean and harvest. Apparently the leaves are edible too, which is great because they take so much space.
Here in WNY where there is a large Italian population. Wild burdock stems are harvested in the spring when the plants look like rhubarb and then are used like cardoon. On my recipe page, there is a picture of the finished product and a recipe. I actually never heard of using the root until recent years. www.sampleseeds.com/?page_id=2192 Remy