Wild Edibles

Burdock root

(Arctium lappa)

The Burdock plant is a biennial plant native to Europe and northern Asia and has been used in China as a medicinal medicine and a food vegetable called niúbàng (牛蒡). It’s been used for hundreds of years. It grows to about 70 cm long with large leaves that resemble the shape of the heart.

By Christian Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The root can be boiled, fried and also made as a tea with it. The leaves are edible to but taste very bitter and almost unpalatable.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy302 kJ (72 kcal)
Carbohydrates17.34 g
Dietary fiber3.3 g
Fat0.15 g
Protein1.53 g
Thiamine (B1)1%0.01 mg
Riboflavin (B2)3%0.03 mg
Niacin (B3)2%0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)6%0.321 mg
Vitamin B618%0.24 mg
Folate (B9)6%23 μg
Vitamin C4%3 mg
Vitamin E3%0.38 mg
Vitamin K2%1.6 μg
Calcium4%41 mg
Iron6%0.8 mg
Magnesium11%38 mg
Manganese11%0.232 mg
Phosphorus7%51 mg
Potassium7%308 mg
Sodium0%5 mg
Zinc3%0.33 mg
Burdock leaf

The burdock root has many medicinal uses and you can find out exactly what they are in the video below.

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