Pesky weed, gourmet vegetable, or healing herb? Maybe all three. You’ve probably picked burdock’s prickly fruits (burs) out of your socks or the dog’s tail after an autumn hike, but did you know that burdock’s roots, stems, leaves, and seeds are esteemed as food and have a long tradition of medicinal use?data-pin-do=
The very deep growing roots of the burdock are edible smelling a little like potato. The roots of the young plant are sliced diagonally in thin strips and boiled or stirfried with carrot. As the roots age they become more bitter and woody. The young leaves can be eaten but are bitter a ploy the plant uses to protect its self from predators. A Peeled burdock stems are also edible, and not as bitter as the leaves. Follow the picture back to www.naturalhomes.org for more on burdock.