Takinogawa Burdock (Gobo)
Delicious root vegetable and medicinal food. A staple in Japanese cuisine, often served braised with soy sauce and a bit of sugar or honey to accentuate its nutty, rich flavor, somewhat like artichoke. (Lots of unami, that rich meaty flavor that English doesn't have a word for.) Roots are very long and narrow--up to a yard long in deep loose soils. Just brush them off and don't wash them til time to use them. With the dirt clinging to them, they store well. 80 seeds
Also used for detoxifying the system, as a drawing poultice, and in tea mixtures. Considered anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, balancing to the blood sugar. Makes a great base for a non-caffeinated chai.