Thursday, June 29, 2006

Burdock Fairy Wings

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

I know that Burdock leaves are get HUGE but at this time every year I am always amazed at just how big. I was showing my daughter their size ....almost as big as she is. She started using them as a bed and blanket for her she was playing I thought Fairy Wings! So I ran in to get the green book binding tape and taped them to her clothes....she f"lew" around for an hour, It was spur of the moment fun and now she knows Burdock.

Look for burdock in disturbed habitats, roadsides, vacant lots, and fields. It grows throughout North America except in the Deep South.

You can harvest the large, deep, beige taproot from the basal rosette form (as soon as the flowerstalk appears, the root becomes tough and woody) from early spring to late fall.

"I'll uproot this weed if it's the last thing I ever do!"

Its hearty flavor is a little like that of potatoes, although it’s related to artichokes.

Here is a favorite recipe- Rice with Sesame and Burdock

3 3/4 cups water
2 cups burdock root, very thinly sliced
2 cup brown rice (I like basmati rice)
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil|
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, finely crumbled
1/4 teaspoon ground dried wild ginger or regular ground ginger

Here is a link to a great article on Burdock- a story too.

and for a laugh

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