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mking80
Beverly Hills, FL

February 3, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9407183

i just heard of a korean food reciepe calling for bellflower root.would like to grow some .can you help ? m
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2013
7:17 PM

Post #9408763

Often the common name in a recipe, or a translation is worse than useless; the translation leads you to a non-edible plant.

From a Korean cooking site:

The root of this species (radix platycodi) is used extensively in as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of coughs and colds. In Korea the plant is known as DoRaJi (도라지) and its root, either dried or fresh, is a popular ingredient in salads and traditional cuisine.

See, what most gardeners call 'Bellflower' is often a Campanula.
But the plant used in these recipes is not a Campanula, but is Platycodon grandiflorus, more commonly known around here as Balloon Flower. (Wikipedia)

Easy to grow, by the way, for flowers. I have no idea if the roots would grow into a nice harvest.

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