Has long slender, brown roots, 30-60 cm, and few bolters. The stems of the leaves are reddish and edible when young. The flesh is tasty and free of fibres. Takinogawa is one of the best and most cultivated sorts and is good to store in a cellar over the winter. A portion contains about 100 seeds.
|Scientific name:||Arctium lappa var. edula|
|Botanic family:||The Sunflower Family - Asteraceae|
|Days to maturity:||120|
|Sowing depth:||2 cm|
|Germination time:||6–15 days|
|Plant spacing:||30 cm|
|Row spacing:||50–60 cm|
SowingThe young stalks and leaves can be eaten as chard or spinach. The small roots, leaves and all, from thinning are delicacies. The deep roots must be dug up in autumn, cautiously, and stored in the same way as carrots. They can be allowed to winter outdoors and be harvested early the next year before beginning to bloom. If allowed to remain it becomes a large, decorative plant of violet thistle blossoms and prickly balls. The seeds in the balls can be germinated for sprouts, eaten raw or poached. Burdock is usually used peeled and boiled in many different dishes and preserves and on its own or with other vegetables.
SeedAbout 100 seeds/g, one portion sows about 5 m, 20 g for 100m.
A portion contains about 100 seeds.