Chemical-free farm-grown Burdock (Arctium lappa) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 50-70 seeds)
Burdock, Greater Burdock, Gobo
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Europe and parts of Asia.
In the first year the plants produce large basal leaves with a spread of 2ft by 2ft. Plants bloom in the second year and are decorated with bee-loving velcro-like flowers.
Burdock can be grown in the garden in full to part sun and pretty much any soil, but the roots prefer loose well-cultivated fertile soil and regular water.
Seeds germinate easily and are best direct sown in the garden in spring.
Burdock root can be grown in the veggie garden in the same manner as other root veggies such as carrots and beets. It can be sown in rows just as you would carrots in your garden but keep in mind these are big plants, with enormous leaves and large taproots that can dig down several feet.
If you leave a few plants to go to seed in their second year, you will find many self-sown seedlings popping up in the following seasons, and you’ll have your own never ending little Burdock patch.
Burdock roots need to be harvested in the first season, and can be harvested as soon as three or four months after seeding in the garden or in the late summer or early fall.
Burdock root is a popular vegetable in Asia. My favourite ways to eat burdock root are in stir fries, soups, and stews. You can chop it up and cook it similar to how you would cook carrots or potatoes. The flavour is crisp, earthy, minerally, and slightly bitter.
Burdock is another one of our important liver herbs and alteratives. It is useful for promoting liver health, which helps to cleanse the blood and clearing up skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It helps generally with digestion and to improve appetite and does well in a bitters blend to be taken before meals.
When eaten as a vegetable Burdock both helps to protect our livers from toxins and supplies our bodies with useful minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre. It is a good nourisher and builder for weak constitutions especially when the root is eaten as a food or taken as an infused vinegar. Burdock has shown antitumor activity and is useful as an anticancer herb, and combined with its anabolic properties it is especially good for after chemotherapy.
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