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65-75 days to maturity.Arctium lappa. Ha Gobo Burdock Seeds. Non-GMO, Heirloom, Cool-season Annual. Open-pollinated. Burdock has been grown for centuries, mainly in China and Japan, for its culinary and medicinal uses. It is loved for its edible crisp roots, tender leaves, and hearty stems. The thick white stalk is about 12" long with light green tender leaves. The edible root is about 6" long. In Japan, it is used fresh for salad and has a pleasant earthy aroma. Approximately 1,700 seeds per oz.
Other Common Names: Edible burdock, great burdock, gobo, dong yang luo bo, ci cai ji, dong yang lu bo, edible burdock leaves, ngao pong, niu pang, and uang.
How to Grow Ha Gobo Burdock
Sow seeds in spring or fall in a sunny location. Improve germination by soaking for 24 hours in warm water. Scarification of seeds can also help. Cover very lightly as burdock seeds will not germinate without sensing light. Keep the seedbed moist. Thin out the weak seedlings. After germination, the seedlings grow quickly. If sowing in seed trays, transplant into a permanent growing space as soon as possible and before a taproot begins to form.
Pinch off the flowers as they appear to concentrate plant energy on tuber production. Fertilizer or organic compost addition can encourage hearty growth. For sowing in autumn, provide covers or cloches to help the plants overwinter.
Harvesting Ha Gobo Burdock
Harvest young and tender leaves with sharp clippers. Harvest roots when 6" in length. Keep extra soil on the burdock root to prolong its freshness.
Use leaves and roots parboiled in stir-fry, ohitashi, tempura, pickle, and fresh salad. Prepare the roots by rubbing off the bark with the back of a knife. Cut thin slices and soak in water for about 2 hours to remove bitterness. Try a classic Japanese dish called kimpira made with shaved pieces of burdock, julienned carrots, and celery, all stir-fried in sesame oil with seasoning.
Tips From Our Gardeners
“There are tons of recipes online for the leaves and roots of burdock. I love trying new recipes and burdock has many uses!”
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