Gobo Root or Greater Burdock
Gobo root, Gobo, Greater burdock, Edible burdock
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- 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, earthy, and dark to taste and adds a wonderful flavor to soups, although it can be quite strong, so use less first and adjust as you need. Do taste it!
- Can be used fried, raw, processed or made into a drink
How do I prepare it?
- Rinse the roots in warm water and optionally peel off skin prior to usage
- I would suggest to soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes to remove the muddy harshness flavor associated with the root, but some like that earthy taste, which adds to the flavor, so this is your call
- Cut into large bite-sizes for soups and consumption
Where can I buy it and cost?
Available in most Asian supermarkets
- 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
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