Finding Unfamiliar Seeds at a Seed Share and a Great Sugar Ad


Laura Marie headshotWe ended up at a farm and garden type store last week, and I came across a seed-share. I didn't have any seeds to leave, but I did take just a few. I found some Italian string beans from a local lady's garden, and also some edible burdock. Now, I don't blame you if you don't know what it is. We didn't either.

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“Kitazawa Seed Co. Edible Burdock, Gobo, Salada Musume. P.O. Box 13220 Oakland, CA 94661-3220,,

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“Salada Musume – (100 days) This early variety is a light skinned edible burdock or gobo that grows 12”-16” deep. It is easier to harvest because it is shorter in length than most gobo varieties, making it very suitable for home gardening. In Japan, this light skinned gobo is used fresh for salad and has a nice earthy aroma. Sow seeds in spring or fall in deep, sandy soil. Prepare rows 24”-36” apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Plant each seed 1/2”-3/4” deep and 2” apart. Thin seedlings 4”-6” apart. Prepare root by scraping the skin with a sharp knife and cut root into match-stick size. Blanch and dress with a mixture of a little mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and sesame seed. This gobo can also be cooked and is the main ingredient for “kimpira,” made with sautéed burdock and carrots.”

We were in Lloyd Center for a movie when we passed by the elevator. The ad on the doors was so awesome, and just up our alley:

Cindy Murphy
12/16/2011 6:01:39 PM

Hi, Laura Marie. Burdock is one of those plants I see growing wild everywhere, and knew it's edible, and actually medicinal too. I've never tried it, though. Looking forward to reading your discoveries in growing this as a garden plant, and in the future I just might have to give burdock a try. Welcome to Grit. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View

12/14/2011 2:26:22 PM

Welcome, Laura Marie! Keep us updated on how the edible burdock grows and tastes!

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