gobo roots - Knowledgebase Question

Bisbee, AZ (Zone 8A)
Question by nacoturtle
April 11, 2005
I HAVE RECEIVED GOBO ROOTS FROM MY GRANDDAUGHTER IN OKINAWA. WHAT IS GOBO


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2005

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Gobo is a European biennial, commonly known as the Great Burdock. It has large, rough foliage and the plant grows quite large. It is grown mainly for its long, light brown root and is commonly cultivated in the Orient.

Burdock should be grown in deep sandy or sandy loam soil so that the roots become long enough that they are worthwhile. Leave a wide walkway around the bed to accommodate the sprawling plants. When the plants mature, cut off the burlike seeds to prevent spreading. To harvest this plant, dig up the roots before the soil freezes or, in mild climates, before top growth begins in the spring. Dig up at least the top 12 inches of the roots, or bottoms will regrow. The roots dry out quickly, so cook and eat right away. They may be added to soups, stews, or stir-fried vegetables.

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