Burdock, Great (Gobo)
The brown-colored root, up to 2 feet long, is sweetly aromatic with a bittersweet flavor. A popular vegetable in China, Japan, and Europe. Use like carrots. Especially good for stir-fry, vegetable dishes, and soup. It can also be used chopped as a garnish for rice dishes. (Arctium lappa)
Medicinal: Traditionally used as a diuretic, lymphatic cleanser, and alterative, especially for chronic skin conditions.
Growing instructions: Biennial in zones 3-9. Germination at 60-75°F. Direct sow in spring 1/2" deep, later thinning to 8"-12" apart in rows 24" apart. Full sun. Roots grow 2' to 3' long. Matures in 90 to 150 days. Harvest roots in late fall to early spring. Japanese farmers often build a raised box several feet deep. The box is dismantled when ready to harvest. Another method is to dig a deep trench 2-1/2' deep along side the roots. To avoid breaking the roots, pull the roots upward and toward the trench at a 75-degree angle.
Packet: 2g - approximately 114 seeds