Who wants to go on a weed walk and find some Burdock? Alrighty then, come along with me.
We are going to harvest Burdock root, remember the root in the fall is only harvested for drying (to put into soups and stews) or for medicinal
tinctures and infusions. You eat the early season root, by the time fall comes it has a harder "bark" on it and is more tough then the early season
root. You can still eat it in roasted root veggie dishes and stews.
Now here in New England I have already harvested my Burdock root back in October. The wacky weather has allowed me to do this today because we STILL
have not had a deep frost or freeze.
Let's get going.
It took me a whole 3 minutes to find a Burdock growing on a little slope in rich soil. This is what it looks like in the fall...yup, you know what
plant it is now. Those nasty burrs that stick on your clothes and the pets. ( NOT the red and white berries) the dried up dead looking plant.
is the 2nd year plant I talked about in the original post.
Crazy things even stick to your hand
These are the seeds I was talking about in the original post that I sprout in the winter.
Much to my surprise there is still a 1st year Burdock growing that I can harvest. Remember, only the first year plant has the good root as I pictured
in the original post....This one is small and pathetic looking, right? It'll surprise you.
Note the red color
So let's get digging. This is the top of the root, quite large for that pathetic little plant, eh? And I was lucky, once I started digging I found
another root right next to it.
Remember how I said they liked rocks? Well here they are. I always get impatient once I get to this point, knowing I am so close. Don't rush though,
take your time.
We're there! See how those final roots hold onto a rock? It's always this way at the end. Pull gently...
Still another one to dig...I know, pretty silly but I am using a spoon. Darn, I broke it, that's ok though since I am using it right away. This one is
really thick. I'll show you below how thick in the photos below, it would be nasty to eat in the fall (in my opinion the harder the bark the more
bitter they are) but good to dry and prime time for medicine and vinegars.
Alright, come on over to my house, lets wash these. So, when you are preparing these to eat (alone or in dishes) you want to scrub them good. Nothing
is worse than dirt in your meal. Today I am only going to get them clean. I'm making a vinegar infusion a little dirt doesn't much matter to me.
Remember how I told you they can be tough to eat in the Fall? Look at that "bark." It's even hard to get through with a knife. This has been growing
since April. Not one I would eat if I had the choice but good to dry for soups and stews and in vinegars and tinctures. In the early growing season it
will be white, soft and flexable. That's when it tastes really good.
I'm chopping it up to get ready to put in vinegar. If you are drying it then do it whole, root intact.
I am going to make mine in Apple Cider Vinegar today since I have already made my potent medicine in in Vodka back in October. This is an example of
how one plant can have many different effects on the body just by preparing it in different ways. This vinegar will be good and nourishing on my
Fill the jar to the top with the root and then fill to the top with vinegar. Easy, no fancy math.
Use a plastic lid if you can or place some wax paper on the top and then lid, vinegar tends to rust the top. Label jar and in 6 weeks I will decant
this, take all of the root out and it will be ready to use!
I am not going to get into tinctures, infusions right now. I think this is enough to absorb!
I hope this all makes sense. It's so much easier to teach it hands on and speaking than it is with pictures and typing.
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