Greater Bardock is native to the Southern region of Europe and is a typical subtropical and tropical plant. In Brazil, it’s grown in the South and South-western regions and commonly used in cuisine. Its scientific name is Greek and means “bear shaped”, given its “furry” aspect. Its medical use has been renowned mostly for its high concentration of vitamins (A, C, B1, B2 and B3) and minerals (calcium, iron, phosphor and potassium). Besides, it has plenty of organic acids, flavonoids, mucilage, polyphenols, tannins and terpenoids.
These and other properties grant the plant emollient, astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, among others.