Italian "Gaduna" or "Garduna?"
So every Spring, my grandfather would take us kids to the local farm park to pick what we called "gaduna." He said it grew well in sandy soil, and it looked similar to rhubarb in its stem, with almost thistly bristles on the stem. We would take them home, where my grandmom would boil them then dredge them in eggs and flour and deep fry them. They were absolutely delicious, but I just don't know what the english term for it is… And no, its not cardoon, and although burdock is called gaduna, it looked more like rhubarb… Any ideas?
Yes, I'm on the prowl as well. Gaduna is something else. What you described and what I remember is Garduna. I was told that it is young stalks of the burdock we're looking for, and the second growth of the plant although since I've only heard about it growing in the wild it is hard to understand how one would know the second growth from any other. Burdock is considered a pervasive weed though, thought to be entirely worthless. Makes me think of how lobsters used to be considered poor people's food ages ago on the coasts of new england.