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Burdock (Arctium lappa) is
a native to Europe and Asia, and if allowed, can grow in almost any uncultivated space. It
was used by India's traditional Ayurvedics and by the early Chinese for its very valuable
health properties. In addition to its healthful effects, the stalks form a delicate
vegetable, similar in flavor to asparagus when boiled, and a pleasant salad when eaten raw
Burdock is greatly
cherished in the Orient, especially in Japan where it is known as "Gobo" and the
root is used in everyday cooking. The name is a combinition of bur, from its tenacious
burrs, and dock, Old English referring to its large leaves. And, as its name suggests, it
is a plant which bears seeds in big round bristly cones that stick to clothing and animal
fur. Many modern-day herbalists continue to use Burdock for its health benefits.