Anyone ever eat burdock stems? My Father called them cardunes. He grew up in the depression of the thirties so they foraged for whatever they could get. I looked it up and i think it is actually thistle. It kind of looks like a rubarb and grows wild all over. In the spring when we went fishing we always harvested some also to take home.Cut off the leaves and boil for a half hour? I cant remember. then flour, egg,and bread crumb, fry in oil or bacon fat. There is also an Italian version with parmesan cheese mixed in with the bread crumbs.
Starting to sprout now with the small stalks. It is called cardone, but the old italian pronunciation is cardoon. I never knew what what true name was, as my dad called them gardoonies You can look up the preparation on youtube. The videos show real big stalks but we always picked the small stems like small asparagus. When we went fishing in the spring and didnt get much fish we would collect them and bring them home. I am pretty sure my dad knew about them from growing up during the depression. they talk about buying them but they are wild everywhere.