View Full Version : need help burdock q/a

05-31-2008, 08:57 AM
1st shut up rick

now who has pics of first year burdock

05-31-2008, 09:00 AM
Hope it helps. http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Burdock.html

05-31-2008, 09:09 AM
shoot i forgot all about steve thanks crash

05-31-2008, 09:15 AM
just looked it up, sure does look like burdock to me but you know the saying if you can't positively id a plant do not eat it, man research sucks sometimes cuz you need to wait for the next years flowers to prove it tempting tempting tempting.....

05-31-2008, 09:54 AM
well once again in the name of research i ate a leaf when i went to feed the horses tastes terrible and as always with ome of the greens i have found on my property there is a closeness with water hemlock,as the warning staetes it is the most deadly plant around so lets see it is 9:53 am in 15 minutes i'll hopefully post again if not please send donations to the wolfpack gathering..

05-31-2008, 10:00 AM
hey crash here somwething you are going to find funny i know i did , my bookshelf is built above my computer desk and as i was waiting for some e-mail to come thru i was looking at all my books corner of my eye i saw one i ain't looked at in a while and it was identifying and harvesting edible and medicinal plants by yup you guessed it wildman steve brill. hahahahahhahahahhhahhahhahhahhah man i have too many books

05-31-2008, 10:24 AM
it's ok folks i'm still alive scared me for a second though i started getting the shakes then i realized i hadn't had any coffee or bacon yet, so i will go with the idea that it is bitter burdock growing in the pasture so now off to cultivate

ps if anyone other than me wants to post here it's ok thats why it's called a forum, if not thats ok i can entertain myself just fine...

05-31-2008, 12:07 PM
Can I post now?

05-31-2008, 03:41 PM
yeah i geuss you can

05-31-2008, 03:42 PM
Never mind. I don't want to.

05-31-2008, 04:08 PM
Had to work today. Looks like I missed out on an entire conversation.....or at least half.:D:D

05-31-2008, 04:10 PM
ya i missed your input so i had to do my own, now that was only a couple of hours could you imagine 30 days of isolation?

04-28-2009, 08:54 PM
wow what a difference a year makes hmm, burdock first year and second year are soooo simple to me now and very plentiful around her for me, first year is absolutly better but boiled second year still works well.

04-28-2009, 09:27 PM
besides the rhubarb's red stalk and being more vertical
anyone ever have any trouble telling the difference between rhubarb and 1st yr burdock

http://ipm.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/burdock5.jpg http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/vegetabl/images/large/rhubarb9.jpg

04-28-2009, 09:35 PM
i did at first, but here is the key and it is an intimate knowledge of your area, that has been my diffuculty with travelling all the time, now that i am in one spot and able to study full time i no that there is no rhubarb grwoing in my area, but your pics are a great point between the two, my suggestion is if your still undecided try the stalk, before you eat the plant rhubarb tastes bitter to me, unless its rhubarb crisp

04-28-2009, 09:44 PM
wow what a difference a year makes hmm, burdock first year and second year are soooo simple to me now and very plentiful around her for me, first year is absolutly better but boiled second year still works well.

Not being familiar with the plant, what's the major difference in taste between first and second? The bitterness is more intense?

04-28-2009, 09:54 PM
my landlady and neighbour have rhubarb growing in their yards
when i find some burdock, i'll bring some leaves home and compare them with the rhubarb
never tried digging burdock roots, yet . . .

04-30-2009, 09:34 AM
Not being familiar with the plant, what's the major difference in taste between first and second? The bitterness is more intense?

well the first year plant is just a rosette, elephant ears i call them, massive leaves, and the tasteis kind of nutty, but would depend on how you prepare it, ususally i just slice thinly and boil it, and drink.
the second year the shoot raises up and flowers which is where the burs come from(you know the ones that stick to everything, it is where the guy got the idea for velcro) i wonder if i cut the stem if it will you less energy in the second year and keep the flavor in the roots? any who the second year is just tougher pine sap, more woody but still as will any food wid or not it is in the prepaeration, i would still pick it and consume it

04-10-2010, 10:20 PM
boy what a difference a few years make, sure glad some visitor read this stuff still, takes me back, seems so elementary now as i have so much burdock and so much time in with this plant

04-12-2010, 10:51 PM
So what parts have you ate? I see something that looks like burdock, but the underside isn't white/ fuzzy and it doesn't have red stalks like rhubarb.

04-13-2010, 10:52 AM
i see burdock everywhere on my bike

i'll find a big leaf and take some top/underside pics
and save them later for rhubarb comparisons
and i may as well try the young stems since i'm picking it

actually, my landlady has rhubarb growing right now, be right back

a little drizzle right now, i don't want to pick anything here yet
but i'll keep an eye out for wild rhubard
something i can pick for stem/top/underside pics

maybe i'll go get some wet burdock pics




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04-13-2010, 08:10 PM
rwc to answer your question i usually only eat the roots of the first year plant, it is very easy to tell because it doesn't yet have the shoot or stalk that it sends up that turn into the burs.
the reference that really helped me a few years ago with this plant was a magazine called wilderness ways, they often singl out a plant in each issue, it sure helped me make sence of this plant

04-13-2010, 10:32 PM
THanks WE, I dug a basal root and it appeared multi layered with a brown or black ring visible in the crossection. I wasn't 100% sure it was burdock, it smelled earthy.