Burdock root (gobo/ごぼう)is a long, skinny root vegetable that is commonly eaten in Japan. It has a slightly crunchy or even woody texture and has a mildly sweet, pungent, dark flavor. It's long been prepared with pork or other vegetables in cooking. Burdock root is not generally available in America, but cn be purchased at your local Asian grocer.
Recently in Japan, drinking burdock tea(gobo tea/ごぼう茶) has become the latest health craze. This is after a prominent Dr. Yoshinori Nagumo appeared on T.V., promoting burdock tea as an anti-aging and weight-loss agent. For many, the most convincing evidence of burdock root's effects is Dr. Nagumo himself. He's been drinking several cups of burdock tea daily for over 20 years. The doctor, now 58, looks like a man in his 30's and in photos taken 20 years ago, he looks older than he does now! Medical exams show that his bones and blood vessels are like that of a man in his 20's.
If you get burdock root, making this healthy, anti-aging tea is quite simple
Benefits of Burdock Root
- Contains inulin, a natural dietary fiber that helps in digestion and alleviates skin problems.
- Burdock peel contains sapoinin, which lowers cholesterol and cleanses the blood.
- Has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects.
- Provides optimum nutrition to the glandular and immune systems, liver, kidneys, blood, lungs, and nerves.” Contains chromium, iron, magnesium, silicon, and thiamine.
- High in vitamin C
- Wash the burdock root well and peel the skin with a peeler. If not using it for cooking, you can shred the entire root.
- Spread the peelings out in the sun for half a day or so.
- Roast in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring often until it turns golden brown.
- Cool and store in an airtight container or jar.
- Brew about 3g of dried burdock in a teapot for about 3 minutes and drink.
Food for Life
Gobo Kingdom (Dr. Nagumo's site, Japanese only)