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Looks like one man's noxious weed could be another man's vegetable. I'll swap you a poke weed for three burdocks. :) Poke is supposedly edible if you boil it three times and discard the water after each boiling . Yuck.

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Burdock is indeed edible and has medicinal properties to it as well.
I meant to dig up some in spring and.... did not get to it.

Very good to excellent nectar source and loved by finches for its seeds.
I have it around on many scrappy lands nearby and don't mind it there.
Bugs and birds are people too - they need food, don't they.
 

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Burdock is indeed edible and has medicinal properties to it as well.
I meant to dig up some in spring and.... did not get to it.

Very good to excellent nectar source and loved by finches for its seeds.
I have it around on many scrappy lands nearby and don't mind it there.
Bugs and birds are people too - they need food, don't they.
We eat it. My wife likes it, I tolerate it. Traditional Japanese food. The part you eat is the root of the young plant, and it has a thick, fibrous taproot that goes way deep. Takes forever to dig up. I actually planted it a few times, but decided it wasn't worth the effort.
 

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We eat it. My wife likes it, I tolerate it. Traditional Japanese food. The part you eat is the root of the young plant, and it has a thick, fibrous taproot that goes way deep. Takes forever to dig up. I actually planted it a few times, but decided it wasn't worth the effort.
Good to hear!
I need to remember for the fall/spring time (when there are young plants) and ask some advice food-wise.

An old apple orchard I prune every spring has lots of burdock. A small plantation, really.
I just let it be there for the bees and bugs.
I will stomp some burdock down to get around, but even those stomped down plants will still survive and bloom.
Every little pasture adds to the local foraging quality.
 

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We eat it. My wife likes it, I tolerate it. Traditional Japanese food. The part you eat is the root of the young plant, and it has a thick, fibrous taproot that goes way deep. Takes forever to dig up. I actually planted it a few times, but decided it wasn't worth the effort.
I sow seeds in large bags (those often used by gardeners to grow potatoes) so that I do not have to dig. After harvesting the roots in fall, I plant the crowns in the ground, so that they can flower next summer.
 

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I sow seeds in large bags (those often used by gardeners to grow potatoes) so that I do not have to dig. After harvesting the roots in fall, I plant the crowns in the ground, so that they can flower next summer.
Tried that. Didn't work so well. Needs to be somewhere convenient to water regularly, and my garden wasn't. We have dug up and eaten wild burdock. Tastes the same. Bland.
 

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....Bland.
Well, meat is bland.
Potatoes are bland.
And yet I love my meat and potatoes.
Cooking is all about spices and seasoning.
Anyway, I want to try this burdock thing for myself, when in season.
 

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The burdock I grow is “Chiko” variety of greater burdock (Arctium lappa), which may or may not taste like wild ones (I think they are mostly lesser burdock Arctium minus. I have never eaten them). I do not think bees care which one, their flowers look pretty much the same. Just remember, if you sow seeds in spring, they will not flower until summer next year (the roots need be harvested in fall the first year).

I usually cut them into long thin strips along with carrots, and
A. blanch and toss with mayo and black pepper.
B. stir-fry using sesame oil and season with teriyaki sauce.
C. mix with tempura batter and deep-fry.
D. use in chicken noodle soup.
 
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