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Parts: Leaves, roots, seeds
For: The young leaves can be used for a cooked green. The root, like burdock is edible after the first year. It can be compared to a turnip or parsnip. The seeds are highly valued for their medicinal value. They contain a high amount of GLA, an essential fatty acid. This is commonly extracted commercially and sold at great price. If the seeds are eaten for their GLA properties, like flax seeds, they need to be broken first for the body be able to obtain the nutrition.