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Burdock Seed Japanese Takinogawa'

Image of Burdock
Image of Burdock
Image of Burdock

Arctium lappa

  • Sometimes known as Japanese Gobo.
  • A much underrated vegetable primarily grown for its root.
  • The stem, leaves and flower buds are also highly edible
  • As easy to grow as Parsnips.
  • Biennial.

Supplied as a packet of approximately 50 seeds.

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Pollinator Friendly

Considering the many uses of this vegetable it is staggering it has fallen out of favour in the UK and Europe alike - though in the US and particularly Japan (where it is used to make kimpira).  It is still widely cultivated and eaten.

Traditionally grown as a root vegetable, the roots can grow up to 3 feet (90 cm) long and have a sweet flavour similar to a parsnips, others say it has more of an anise flavour; some say it has a muddy taste - which if being used in stir fries or similar can be 'got over' by soaking the julienned pieces in water for ten minutes or so. We prefer to simply peel the skin from the root and then roast - but be careful as it is more delicate than a parsnip and will burn quicker.  Alternatively cook them as you would carrots.

Burdock is a biennial, during it's first year it will produce flowers, but in it's second year it will flower and seed. Before opening, the young flowers can also be eaten and these have a taste similar to artichokes. The soft young leaves can also be eaten and these are popular in Japanese cooking.

In the US the stalks are used as a Cardoon substitute - first peeled before being boiled in water and then finally breaded and fried.

This is a late maturing variety.

And of course where would we be without the good old fashioned drink Dandelion and Burdock? Though of course nowadays its usually flavoured completely artificially!

So this really is a highly versatile veg that we just can't recommend enough!

Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Sow from early March to late April in shallow drills 18" (45 cm) apart.
  • Thin to 10" (25 cm) apart in the row when large enough to handle.
  • Harvest after approximately four months / Autumn time - if you wait until the leaves die down the roots tend to be larger!
  • Leaves can be picked prior to digging up the roots.
  • Can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • A Word Of Caution Take care when working around the growing plants as repeated skin contact against the foliage can sometimes cause a rash and blisters - just as parsnip foliage can.
A Useless Fact!
It was after Swiss inventor George De Mestrel investigated why the seeds of Burdock stuck to his dog's fur and his clothes that he discovered under a microscope that they were covered in the hook-and-loop system that he later copied when he 'invented' Velcro!
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A Note About Our Seed Packets & Seed Counts
Information on Victoriana's method of packeting seed, including information on the seed packets. Also details on Victoriana's seed guarantee.

Pollinator Friendly Plants
A detailed guide to the seeds and plants sold by Victoriana Nursery Gardens that will attract and provide a food source to bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.

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