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.