Burdock Root ‘Gobo’ & Digitata Kelp with Wild Rice

Benefits of Burdock Root ‘Gobo’

  • High in dietary fiber and low in calories and fat

    Burdock Root

    Burdock Root

  • Contains high amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and amino acids
  • As a Chinese medicine, it has a diuretic effect and promotes bowel movements
  • Effective in detoxing the liver
  • Helps to reduce blood sugar, blood fat and blood pressure

Benefits of (Atlantic Ocean) Digitata Kelp

Digitata kelp supplies iodine to the thyroid, and it helps to protect the thyroid against radioactive iodine. Be sure to get good quality seaweed from clean oceans, since it is a natural chelator.  Kelp also has high alginate content which can aid the body in detoxing heavy metals.



3 cloves garlic

½ bunch green onions (cong bai)

2 carrots

1” fresh ginger (sheng jiang)

1 pound mushrooms

8” burdock root (niu bang gen)

5-10 g kelp

2 Cups wild rice


Cut digitata strands with scissors. Soak for 15 minutes. Wash gobo in warm water and peel.  Cut into ½” slices (circles) and add to the digitata to soak.  This will ease some of its woody taste.  Mince garlic and let it sit for 5-20 minutes before sautéing.  Chop cong bai into ½” pieces; carrots into cubes. Slice ginger into thin strips.

Sautee all in olive & sesame oil until everything softens up a bit, 5-10 minutes.  Add wild rice and stir so all is mixed together.  Add the soaked gobo and digitata (including the soaking water)!  Add enough water to cover to 1-2” above ingredients.  Bring to boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid has expanded the rice, 20-30 minutes.  Add sea salt and fresh pepper to taste.  Bon appetit!

By the way, if you would rather have soup, do not add rice but instead add a can of coconut milk and two more cans of water.  Heat over a slow flame and enjoy with a dash of hot cayenne powder.

1 Comment »

  1. I love Gobo – easy and delish.

    Comment by Jessica savich — April 22, 2014 @ 11:03 am

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