Arctium spp.

  • young leaves are edible raw.

  • older leaves are best when boiled in 1-2 changes of water with pinch of baking soda.

  • roots of first year plants can be cooked in a soup or stir-fry.

  • roots can be mashed and fried as patties.

  • roots can be dried for storage.

  • roots can be roasted/ground as coffee substitute.

  • roots are best when shredded/sliced and soaked in water for 5-10 minutes to reduce harshness.

  • white pith of young flower stalks is edible raw.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Common burdock (Arctium minus) and Woolly burdock (Arctium tomentosum).

  • look for burdock on disturbed soil sites.

  • do not confuse with Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium), who's leaves are poisonous if not thoroughly cooked. Cocklbur has rough rather than velvety leaves and has more solid burs.

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