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Burdock Root (Woo Ung) 우엉

62 kcal (100g)
Key Nutrients: 
Vitamin C, Inulin, Potassium, Magnesium
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Largely known as a medicinal herb, taproots of young burdock plants are harvested and eaten as a root vegetable in Asia. In appearance, they are long, slender and brown-skinned roots. They are meaty yet crunchy, and crisp yet chewy. Due to their unique texture, they are popularly served as a variety of different main and side dishes. Burdock has anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and anti-fungal proprieties. Burdock root is also a great source of of dietary fiber, minerals and great for detoxification. They are sold fresh.

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Sourcing & Selecting

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If you can't find burdock, you can use lotus instead. It looks quite different but has similar texture and taste.
How to Measure: 
1 root is approximately 156 g. I cup of 1" pieces = 118 g. (source: Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library)
Wrap it with newspaper and keep it in the refrigerator (0ºC ~ 5ºC) . Keep peeled or shredded ones in water to avoid colour changes.

Peel burdock root while washing under running water.

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Blanch shredded burdock in boiling water for 3 minutes on high heat. Drain all the water out through a strainer (or you can just soak it in water for 5 minutes).

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Nutrition and Health Facts: 

Niacin 0.50mg

Sodium 5.00mg

Protein 3.10g

Glucide 13.50g

Retinol 0.00μg

β O Carotene 0.00μg

Vitamin A 0.00μgRE

Vitamin B1 0.03mg

Vitamin B2 0.07mg

Vitamin B6 0.24mg

Vitamin C 3.00mg

Vitamin E 0.60mg

Dietary Fiber 4.10g

Zinc 0.27mg

Folic Acid 22.80μg

Phosphorus 68.00mg

Lipid 0.20g

Iron 0.80mg

Potassium 361.00mg

Calcium 56.00mg

Cholesterol 0.00mg

Ash 1.10g

(of 100 grams of burdock root)


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