Burdock (Arctium lappa), generally considered a weed in the United States, is native to Europe and Asia. Burdock grows to 3 to 4 feet in height and blooms from summer to fall. In Japan, burdock is known as gobo and grown as a vegetable. The immature roots are peeled and used in salads while mature roots are cooked and used in soups, tempura and stir-fry. Burdock root is easy to use in many dishes.
Scrub the burdock root with a metal scouring pad.
Slice the root on a diagonal in very thin slices.
Fill a small or medium pot with water and bring it to a boil. Toss in the sliced burdock root and lower the heat so that the water simmers. Allow the burdock root to simmer for 20 minutes or until the desired tenderness is reached.