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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Aug 6, 2017 11:48 AM CST
I did not know that the roots are edible! I have lots. Now, if only I had a back-hoe to dig them up...
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 6, 2017 4:12 PM CST
I did not know it either until I looked up the Latin name of burdock and found a lot of information. Apparently burdock is quite healthful too. I asked a "foodie" friend and she said she tried boiled burdock root and they were good, sort of like parsnips.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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JuneOntario
Aug 7, 2017 6:11 AM CST
Are you going to try the burdock roots? I think buttered and then braised in the oven might be a nice way to cook them and keep all the flavor.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 7, 2017 6:31 AM CST
I will if you do! *LOL* Most of what I dig out are pretty skinny little roots or else very big woody main roots. It looks like the best are sort of carrot sized. I don't think I've ever seen them for sale in our markets here.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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JuneOntario
Aug 7, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Burdock information I found on an edible-wild-plant website:

"First-year roots and second-year stems can be cooked by boiling for about 20 minutes, then season to taste. Before cooking however, the stems should be peeled, and roots scrubbed in order to remove the bitter rind. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; their taste resembles that of artichoke. The Japanese have been known to eat the leaves when a plant is young and leaves are soft."
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 7, 2017 11:45 AM CST
OK, I'm going to try this. If they are good, this is another vegetable that won't be much work to grow!
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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