Burdock is a sweet root vegetable that can grow up to two feet in length. The brown slender plant resembles a carrot, with it’s brownish hue and thick layer of grit that clings to the surface. The root has a gummy consistency and is some what difficult to cook due to its thick skin. 

In Japan, the vegetable is used in stir-fry and stews. Burdock is also pickled, making a crunchy compliment to sushi. Some sushi rolls, like Futomaki, even include burdock inside the roll. Next time you think about pickling why not swap out the cucumber for some burdock?

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