Organic Burdock Root
Organic Burdock Root is most well-known as a medicinal herb, but it can also make a nice stand alone loose leaf herbal tea. Or it can be blended with other ingredients to make your own herbal tea concoction (like our Organic Roots & Fruits herbal tea). In Japan, burdock is grown as a vegetable and the root is consumed similar to carrots in the USA. Our organic dried burdock root has the color of yucca root and brews up a clear, light yellow liquor with a slight milk-like aroma. Naturally caffeine-free, the brew has a thick, smooth mouthfeel that is light and sweetens as it cools. It delivers a subtle drinking experience that, surprisingly, does not remind of a root! Grown right here in the USA, we are delighted to add this item to our growing list of domestically-sourced products.
Ingredients: organic USA burdock root
Origin: Pacific Northwest, USA
The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most prolific and best tasting herbs in the United States. Sometimes referred to as Cascadia, this region includes the states of Oregon and Washington and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains the east. The various climatic regions (from the mild summers with abundant rainfall in the mountains to the broad, dry plateaus) create the perfect growing conditions for many different types of herbs. Environmentalism is prominent throughout the region resulting in a strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming, and home to one of the original organic certifying bodies, Oregon Tilth. In our efforts to source as many products as possible from right here in the USA, we are delighted to offer herbal teas from this region and plan to continue to increase our selection of domestically grown herbs over the next few years.
At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend herbal and rooibos teas to be steeped for 5 to 7 minutes in water heated to a full rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. If you want a stronger brew, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!
"I surprised myself with how much I like this. It’s almost a little sweet, and doesn’t taste as “rooty” as you might imagine. Earthy without being bitter or tasting like dirt!"
"The mouthfeel of the liquor reminds me of a thick white tea --- smooth, round and viscous."
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Burdock has been cultivated for its root for centuries. Unfortunately, it is better known as a weed in parts of North America and Australia rather than as food. Traditionally burdock root has been used as a diuretic and a digestive aid. Antioxidant compounds have also been found in the root, as well as having active ingredients found to promote blood circulation to the skin surface. Clinically burdock root extract has shown improvement in the appearance of wrinkled skin and the quality/texture of skin when applied topically. Preclinical data has also shown that burdock may have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
For more information about health benefits of Burdock and other types of herbs, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Herbal Tea Health Benefits page!