Apparently I’m loving the combination of burdock root and adzuki beans this week! The earthy but mild flavour of burdock compliments the unique but equally mild flavour of adzuki beans, and they both have me craving some complimentary Japanese flavour combos like sesame, tamari and ginger. I put together a little sushi this evening using, admittedly, many of the same ingredients and flavours as in yesterday’s Burdock Adzuki Stir Fry.
I made a hummus-like spread with the adzuki beans, which I wasn’t crazy about the consistency of so I’m unfortunately not going to share the recipe yet, but after another test with some necessary adjustments, I hope to share it in future. It’s got cilantro, ginger, garlic, lemon and sesame oil, for those keeping score at home. It came out a little runny to be great in a sushi in place of grain, but I can easily tweak it for next time, and oh will there be a next time! This was yummers.
I marinated a little raw, grated burdock in a few splashes of tamari, sliced up a green onion and some red cabbage, and wrapped it all up in a couple sheets of nori, like so:
After yesterdays post, there was some discussion of what a burdock root looks like when it’s at home (or in your local Asian market), so I snapped a picture of the root before I grated it up this evening. As you can see, it’s not unlike the tree branches outside my window in appearance! These were on the long side, about 2.5-3 feet long, but I’ve seen them way shorter, so keep an eye out for all varieties!
In terms of the nutritional value and healing properties of burdock…well. Where to begin. It’s healing to almost every bodily system in some way, and our over-all health in many ways too! It’s incredibly soothing and healing to the digestive system, due to a high inulin content, a fibre/carb which also helps to balance blood sugar. It stimulates blood circulation, helping with detoxification, is a diuretic helping to cleanse through support of the kidneys, improves liver function, is anti-microbial and anti-oxidant.
This is really just scratching the surface on all the healing benefits of burdock root. It’s particularly excellent for promoting detoxification through the kidneys, liver, blood, skin and lungs – and I’m sure we’ve all heard spring is the time to detox! If you can’t find a fresh burdock root for culinary pursuits, you can always find it dried in health food stores and brew up a little burdock tea for a spring cleansing boost!