Ingredient Name: Gobo root, Gobo, Greater burdock, Edible burdock
Traditional Chinese Name: 牛蒡 (niúbàng)
- 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
- 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
- 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