This root veggie has been prized for its purification qualities since the Bronze Age. All parts of the burdock plant are medicinal, both leaf and root, but our appreciation lies in its culinary applications. Known as “gobo root” in Japan, burdock root is similar in flavor to the sweet, earthy taste of artichoke hearts. Prized for its purification qualities since the Bronze Age, burdock is part of every herbal remedy kit.
Ginger is a powerful tuber that can be used as a medicine or zesty spice. There is a Chinese saying:
“the older the ginger, the more it bites”. Peel the thin skin with the tip of a teaspoon. It can be used in teas to help with colds and congestion, and it is a zesty addition to everything from cookies to stir-fry.