Dear readers, do you know that Balloonflower is good for the treatment of coughs and colds ? In Korea, we do use the root of the balloonflower to mix with the honey, eat it when we have cough. Here is another way to eat Doraji, fry it and eat it with the Korean red pepper paste dressing...
Platycodon grandiflorus (from Greek "πλατυκώδων", meaning a broad bell) is a species of herbaceous flowering perennial plant of the family Campanulaceae, and the only member of its genus. This species is known as platycodon or Chinese bellflower. Depending upon the region, it is also referred to as the Japanese bellflower, common balloon flower, or balloon flower (referring to the balloon-shaped flower buds). It is native to East Asia (China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia) and bears blue flowers whose five petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base, like its relatives, the campanulas. The flowers appear in mid- to late summer, and there are varieties with white, pink and purple blooms in cultivation. In Korea, white flowers are more common
The root of this species (radix platycodi) is used extensively 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
桔梗（学名：Platycodon grandiflorus，英语：Balloon Flower），别名包袱花、铃铛花、僧帽花，为桔梗科桔梗属植物，生长在中国、朝鲜半岛、日本和西伯利亚东部。根可入药，亦可腌制成咸菜，在中国东北地区称为“狗宝”咸菜。在朝鲜半岛，桔梗是很有名的泡菜食材，当地民谣《桔梗谣》所描写的就是这种植物
( source : wikipedia )