Arctium lappa (Burdock, Gobo)
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Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Genus: Arctium
Native to Europe and
introduced to Asia and North America. The roots are used medicinally for skin
complaints, rheumatism and as a diuretic. Young roots are eaten as a vegetable,
like carrots, mainly in Japan (where it is called Gobo). They are also grated
into stews and sliced into stir fries. In France and Italy, young shoots and
leaves are added to soups. Cultivated mainly as a vegetable crop, particularly
in Japan. Has been cultivated in southern Africa, but not well known here.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.