AW31 Takinogawa Burdock ( Arctium lappa )
Edible Burdock is often called Gobo in Japanese supermarket. Plants are cultivated mainly for the slender roots, that can grow to 4 feet long and 1 inch across. Burdock root is very crispy and has a sweet, mild pungent flavor, which is used as a delicacy in Japanese food. Burdock is a hardy biennial plant, but grow as an annual. Seed are sown in spring for havest in late summer or in fall for harvest in the next spring.