[Market-farming] Burdock

JOHN A HENDRICKSON jhendric at wisc.edu
Mon Apr 30 11:07:18 EDT 2007


Did you dig up some wild stuff or was it grown from seed?  I believe the cultivated varieties are better suited for eating.  The quintessential recipe in Japan (where Burdock is called gobo, pronounced with the accent on the first syllable; first o is long) is as follows:

2 gobo roots cut into match sticks (soak cut gobo in water for 10-15 minutes and drain)
2 large carrots cut into match sticks
1 1/2 T sesame oil
1 1/2 T sesame seeds
2 T sake
2 T sugar
2 T soy sauce

Heat oil and start by cooking the gobo as it takes longer to cook.  Add carrot and stir fry.  Add sake, soy sauce, and sugar.  Cook until gobo and carrot are suitably soft but still firm.  (It may take some practice to get the gobo and carrot to be the desired consitency based on size of cut and cooking time.)  Add sesame seeds and serve.  For a spicier version, add some cayenne pepper.

This is a very simple dish but tasty and nutritious.

Sorry, I have no advice on pricing

-John



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