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(Recipe & photo courtesy of Heather, Kailyard Kitchen)

Burdock Syrup with Star Anise and Ginger

Burdock is a subtle, unusual ingredient that is often found in Asian markets where it is called gobo. I highly recommend using it the day you get it as it quickly becomes limp in the refrigerator. This is a simple recipe to facilitate a quick processing inspired by the British beverage made by Fentiman’s. Use an ounce of this syrup mixed with club soda for a dry soda or add some to prosecco or cava for a holiday cocktail. If you can’t use your burdock right away, wrap it in damp paper towels and plastic before refrigerating it.

  • 1 burdock root, washed and cut into half inch rounds
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into half inch rounds
  • 1-2 star anise, lightly crushed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepot and simmer slowly for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain and refrigerate. It should keep for a week or two.

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