Burdock / Arctium Lappa

Other names:
Greater Burdock, Edible Burdock, Lappa Burdock, Bardana, Bardane, Klette, Лопух большой
Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear. The taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related.

The root contains a fair amount of gobō dietary fiber (GDF, 6g per 100g), calcium, potassium, amino acids and is low in calories. It contains polyphenols that causes darkened surface and muddy harshness by formation of tannin-iron complexes.

Folk herbalists consider dried burdock to be a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent. The seeds of greater burdock are used in traditional Chinese medicine, under the name niupangzi (Chinese: 牛蒡子; pinyin: niúpángzi; some dictionaries list the Chinese as just 牛蒡 niúbàng.)

Added by Abbie Thoms on Sun 8 Jul 2012 on 3:55 pm GMT

Updated by Abbie Thoms on Sun 8 Jul 2012 at 3:55 pm GMT