Ingredient Name: Gobo root, Gobo, Greater burdock, Edible burdock

Traditional Chinese Name: 牛蒡 (niúbàng)

What is this?
  • The root of a of the greater burdock plant family that is mainly cultivated for its root and is considered a vegetable
  • The roots are brown and roughly 1-2 inches in diameter and can grow up to 1 meter in length
  • It has a white, slightly brown flesh that is crunchy in texture
  • Most commonly found in Japanese cuisine and specifically in Chinese medicine
  • It is sweet to taste and adds a wonderful flavor to soups
  • Can be used fried, raw, processed or made into a drink

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse the roots in warm water and peel off skin prior to usage
  • would suggest to soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes to remove the muddy harshness flavor associated with the root
  • Cut into large bite-sizes for soups and consumption

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in most Asian supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • 5-6 foot long pieces cost around $5 CAD

Any benefits?

  • High in dietary fiber and low in calories and fat
  • Contains high amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and amino acids
  • As a Chinese medicine, it has a diuretic effect and promotes bowel movements
  • It is also effective in removing wind heat from the body as well as phlegm
  • Helps to reduce blood sugar, blood fat and blood pressure

Any precautions?

  • Some burdocks resemble another plant called nightshade and contamination may occur
  • Be sure to buy burdocks from a reputable source

Any additional information?

  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Can store up to 5 days in a refrigerated environment

Resources

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_burdock