Burdock root ゴボウ

12/12/2018 We harvested the last crop of the season, burdock. This is a very common root vegetable consumed in Japan. We both like it but the problem is that we can’t find it at American grocery stores. And this was the reason we decided to grow our own. The burdock prefer well drained soil but our land is “clay” soil and this was the biggest challenge. It can grow more than 3 feet if the condition is good but ours was less than a foot… They grew well in the raised bed garden but once they hit the clay, they stopped growing.We want to try again with a different method next season. Anyway, We had enough to make two traditional Japanese dishes from them!

2018年12月12日 夏の終わりに秋冬用として植えたゴボウを収穫しました。ここ2週間ぐらい最低気温が氷点下なので、このまま放っておいたらダメになってしまうと思い雪がチラつく中掘り起こしました。うちの庭の土は野菜の栽培が難しいと言われている粘土質。そのため、畑は30cmぐらいの高さの板で大きな箱を作りその中に土を入れて野菜を栽培しています。上に伸びる野菜は問題ないけれど、根野菜は育って地面まで伸びると、そこからは粘土質。ゴボウは水はけの良い土を好むので粘土はやっぱりイケてないらしく、抜いてみたらかなり単足でした(汗)それでも頑張って育ってくれた立派なゴボウです。夏にも挑戦したけれど、雨が多く上手く育たなかったので、今回は沢山採れたしかなりの進歩!


Kimpira Gobo, It’s a traditional Japanese dish made with thin sliced burdock and carrot. It has a sweet soy flavor. Oh, I love the texture and flavor!!

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