Burdock Root, also known as Gobo, is well known for its nutritional value. Its long root is packed with minerals such as iron, chromium, magnesium, silicon, calcium and potassium. It has been used to treat skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis and has also been used as a blood purifier. Burdock root has a sweet taste with a gummy consistency, and is usually scraped, rather than peeled, and either shaved or julienned thinly. Before cooking, scrub the root well, but don’t peel; the skin contains nutrition and flavor. It can be steamed, stir-fried, or added to soups and stews. Burdock roots can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator or kept in cold storage for 2 to 6 months.