If we talk about healthy vegetables, very few of us have heard of burdock and its medicinal properties. However, today you can find it in almost all markets. It is very similar to potatoes and quite healing if used regularly in the diet.
The potato-like part of burdock is used in the pharmaceutical industry and human nutrition. Unlike conventional potato, burdock does not contain starch, but it should be known that is rich in insulin because it is good for the diet of diabetics and those who have a problem with obesity.
In the diet can be used fresh, cut into thin slices and spiced as a salad in which you can add other vegetables. You can use as addition to other dishes, such as boiled or baked potatoes. You can also find it in the form of flour for the preparation of bread.
Diabetics can use this plant in unlimited quantities because it lowers blood sugar. Burdock is a good source of potassium. Only half a cup of fresh burdock will satisfy 20% of the daily requirement for potassium. In ½ a cup of burdock there are 1.5 grams of protein and 1.2 grams of cellulose. Burdock also contains iron, vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B1 and B2.
It is best to consume burdock fresh in order to exploit its healing properties. Cooked burdock loses its healing properties.
It is very easy to grow, gives excellent yields, it is resistant to weather changes and diseases, and the production is quite cheap if you consider the fact that the seed is purchased once, and is operated in the next ten years.
Burdock is also known as sweet potato, sea beet, beet cat and wild potato. Originated in the family of sunflower, but the similarity is in an above-ground part of the plant. The trunk can grow up to 3.5 meters in height, the leaves are heart-like shaped and the flowers can be dark red or bright yellow like a sunflower but smaller.