Chinese food and medicine.
|Burdock root may be peeled, boiled, roasted or chopped
into a stir fry. The root is called gobo in Oriental markets and
runs as high as $5 a pound. It's free if in your backyard, put it
Burdock has a history of use to treat immune system deficiency and skin conditions. (More)
As an Edible wild plant.
Canoe trip menu: Tortilla Espanol
Above: Mature leaf of burdock..
Right: Planting and Harvesting: First year burdock shoots. First, burrs are pulled off my dog, Rusty. Burrs next are smashed to release seeds. Then seeds are spread in a shady part of my garden in May or June. In the fall of the year, the 12 to 14 inch roots are harvested.
Edible Wild Plants Breakfast and Canoe
Spanish Style Tapas -Tortilla Espanola with morels, wild asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, with watercress water on sliced tomatoes with salsa.
-Vegetarian egg roll in Autumn Olive, wild leek and mustard flower sauce.
-Jerusalem artichoke shoot tempura.
-Miso Watercress soup with Nori and Gobo (burdock root).
-Stinging nettle lasagna.
-Paleo waffle with quinoa, cattail pollen, walnuts, sour cherries, cranberries and Jerusalem artichoke flour. Served with butter and maple syrup.
-Wild ginger simmered in maple syrup.
Tortilla Espanola Ingredients: fresh cilantro, pepper, cayenne pepper (dried), Lawry’s salt, 4 T grated cheese, 6 eggs, watercress soup, morels, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, roasted red pepper.
Preparation: In an oil sprayed iron skillet, lay asparagus, cooked artichokes and roasted pepper across bottom. Whip eggs with cilantro and watercress water, blend in blender, make very airy. Slowly pour whipped eggs into pan over vegetables. Sprinkle cheese over top. Put in a pre heated oven (350 degrees) for 15 to 17 minutes. You may use the broiler to finish the top.
Serve on a tortilla, with tomatoes, refried beans and salsa.
Vegetarian Egg Roll with Autumn Olive sauce ingredients: Purchase uncooked frozen egg rolls from and Oriental market.
Sauce: 1/4 cup maple syrup plus one quarter cup Reisling or other white wine, two grams of butter (2t), simmer, Add two tablespoons of Autumn Olive jelly, about a teaspoon of grated ginger, 1/4 t of soy sauce, 1/4 t Dijon mustard....Simmer and blend, serve over egg roll.
Jerusalem Artichoke Shoot Tempura: Break off early spring shoots of Jerusalem artichokes before the leaves open. Whip an egg (may leave out yolk), dip shoots in egg white, drop in bag of rice or wheat flour, shake, coat, saute or deep fry until golden.
Miso Watercress and Burdock Soup: Ingredients: vegetable bullion, two quarts loosely packed fresh watercress, one burdock root sliced thinly, sour cream, 1/2 lemon, two whole wild leeks, salt and pepper (may add stinging nettle if you wish).