In this week’s Key Ingredient Arami’s B.K. Park challenges Bonsoiree’s Shin Thompson with burdock root. Park’s not much of a fan of the stuff, which is also known as gobo: “It’s a very strong and very powerful flavor. I think he can make a better flavor [with it],” he says. Coincidentally, in a post titled Burdock What the Hell Is Burdock, Steve Albini of mariobatalivoice.blogspot.com (the Reader‘s choice for best new food blog) also picked some up.

Burdock certainly doesn’t look like food, it looks like a like a dirty stick. Now’s as good a time as any to find out what burdock is all about, I assured myself, and six bucks later I owned a solid yard of dirty stick.