Velcro Salad

Background: (source Wikipedia) After taking his dog for a walk one day in the early 1940s, George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor, became curious about the seeds of the burdock plant that had attached themselves to his clothes and to the dog's fur. Under a microscope, he looked closely at the hook-and-loop system that the seeds use to hitchhike on passing animals aiding seed dispersal, and he realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together.


2 burdock roots (gobō / 牛蒡 or ゴボウ) peeled and cut into bit-sized 3” julienne strips
Purchase at any Chinese market. Typically you will find them 2 per package. The roots are averagely 30+” long! This to help you spot it in the store and as a cautionary mention should you want to grow it in your garden. You’ll need a backhoe to dig them up. The good news...burdock has been used for centuries as a blood purifier clearing the bloodstream of some toxins.
4” Fresh ginger cut into fine julienne
Place in cooking pot
Apple cider to just cover
2 T good soy sauce
Stew on medium heat until crispy/tender
Serve cold garnished with watercress
Store refrigerated
NB: Keep away from the kids or it won’t last long

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