Curiousity got the better of me, once again. So, I bought something that I have never seen, do not know how to cook and have no idea how it tastes. Buy I must. Cook I did.
The label from Tesco said it is cobo. Spelt with a c. I asked in my other food blog and Romantic, a blog reader told me it is gobo or burdock root. I found burdock root mentioned in Wikipedia. It is use by the Japanese as pickles.
The root is about 2 and half feet long and it is a nuisance carrying it in the packed supermarket because I kept poking into people with the long root. Before this, I do not know it is burdock and I just use my instinct to peel off the skin and boil it as soup.
But after peeling off the hair skin, I notice that there is another layer of thick skin which comes off easily. I threw that away. Inside, the root looks white and smells earthy. However, they turned into ugly greenish pieces. That’s why I don’t bother to take photo of the hideous soup.
The soup tastes fine as I boiled it with spare ribs and red dates and garlic. I thought the root is edible but it turned out to be inedible because it is really tough.
At some point, I do wonder if I am cooking a pot of poison roots and killing us all. So, from now on, I won’t try something unless I have someone to tell me what it is and how to cook.
Warning : I read on Google books Burdock root is to be used with caution by pregnant women. So, don’t take anything weird if you are planning to get pregnant, is pregnant or lactating.
Another site mentioned :
Burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many places. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock can be used as a gentle laxative and help eradicate uric acid. Some of the active ingredients of burdock are polyacetylenes, which are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.
Have you bought and cooked gobo before?