Gobo (burdock roots)

Gobo is burdock root and a very popular vegetable in Japan. It is hard and looks like a tree root, but it gets quite soft when cooked and then it has a mild but distinct flavor.  Though Gobo doesn’t contain very many vitamins, it has a lot of fiber and minerals.  There may be a detox effect on you if you eat regularly.  Gobo can be used in Nimono (boiled and seasoned vegetables), Miso Soup, salads, and many many more dishes. It is often cut Sasagaki (between shaved and sliced) with a knife or peeler, like when you sharpen your pencils with knife (nobody does that today!?).

Sasagaki Gobo

Soak in water to remove harshness.


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    January 10, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Actually some pencils are still sharpened like that! Soft graphite pencils (5-6-7-8 B) are best if sharpened with a sharp knife or scalpel because soft graphite is fragile. It also smudges easily and isn’t convenient in everyday life, so it’s used mainly for graphite drawings.

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    June 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    What can I swap for this if I can’t find it. Thanks.

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