Burdock is also known by its other name Articum and it’s a genus of a biennial plant. It’s native to Europe and Asia but is now used all over the world. It has many applications in traditional Asian medicine but is now mostly used in foods and drinks.
Its numerous health benefits have been discovered in the 20th century and that’s when it became a more common part of the cuisine for those who care about the health benefits of their diet. It’s also added to some beers for flavor.
- In the 1940s, George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor, became curious about the burdock seeds when they attached themselves to his clothes and his dog’s fur as they were out walking. Under a microscope, he noted the hook-and-loop system that the seeds use to hitchhike on passing animals and aiding in seed dispersal. He realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together, resulting in the creation of Velcro.
- The root is used to purify the blood in traditional medicine