The Burdock is a very common wild food plant found across the UK and again like lots of edible Wild Plants is considered a weed. The Burdock is found all over the UK and likes grassland, woodland, hedgerows and wastelands that are relatively untouched by human hand so that it can complete its two year lifecycle. The Burdock can get quite large during is two years and sometimes hits nearly 2 metres in height.
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As with many common plants – especially those that are found throughout the world the Burdock has many names including; Beggar’s Buttons, Great Bur, Fox Coat and Gypsy Rhubarb. Indeed most people cannot tell the difference between the different species of Burdock and the names for of the actual species such as Great Burdock and Lesser Burdock are regularly mixed up. This does not matter though as all species of the Burdock are edible and provide excellent eating.
Knowing when to eat the plant is to understand its life cycle. This is simple and when you think about it obvious, so here is my rough guide to the Biennial lifecycle (2 year lifecycle) of the Burdock.
The plant is highly nutritious and used throughout the world especially in Asia where it is prized for its health benefits.
The Burdock roots and leaves can create a huge range of Wild Food Recipes all of which are incredibly tasty! Aside of the leaves inclusion into salads and the stems as a side similar to Asparagus the roots can be used in teas or infusions, treated like parsnips and roasted or made into crisps for a healthy snack. There is so much that this common weed can provide so I will write the many recipes down as I gather it and let you know what great Wild Burdock Recipes you can create!
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