Burdock and Potato Rostis

Burdock and Potato Rostis | foraging | wild foods | Kent | south east | LondonBurdock root is not easy to dig up where we are because of all the flint in the ground.  In fact it took 2 of us a good half hour to dig up the 2 roots required for this recipe and we were both worn out at the end of it.  So hopefully you will have soil that is kinder to you than it was to us and you can make these brilliant burdock and potato rostis.


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 burdock roots
  • 1 onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

How to make the burdock and potato rostis

  • Peel and grate the potatoes and burdock root onto a clean tea towel
  • Squeeze out any excess liquid
  • Spread out on some kitchen roll and leave for 10 minutes
  • Peel and chop the onion
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Season to taste
  • Heat some olive oil in a frying pan
  • Add a large spoonful of the mixture and flatten
  • Cook for 3 – 5 minutes
  • Turn over and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes

Whilst the leaf and stalk are also edible, that doesn’t mean tasty!  This is Stefano eating a burdock leaf.  I bet him a free place on a course that he wouldn’t eat the whole leaf – he didn’t!

burdock and potato rostis

You can find plenty of our other recipes on our blog, such as these wild herb aubergines.

Also, plenty of photos of things we’ve cooked up and our Wild Foods & Woodland Cooking courses on our Facebook page,

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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