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07-22-2007, 01:57 PM
Does anyone know if you can juice kudzu leaves?? If I can, I have a lifetime supply. We have acres of kudzu and it has never been sprayed with any pesticides. The leaves are huge. I have never heard of it being juiced before but I know that there are kudzu supplements out there and I have even heard of it being fried and made like potato chips (just what the world needs).
I would appreciate it if anyone could give me any info on this.
07-23-2007, 06:22 AM
Ok, I guess that no-one on here has tried to juice kudzu leaves. I will be the first. I contacted a lady last night who cooks kudzu and she said that she has never tried to juice it but that it tastes slightly like green beans. I love green beans. She said to only use the young leaves. I guess because the great big ones get a little bitter. I also saw somewhere else on line that people use it in salad like lettuce.
It has been used for centuries by the Chinese as a healing herb and it is often dried and ground (the root) to make a powder that can be used as a thickener, like arrowroot I guess.
I did find some recipes for cooked kudzu so people do eat it. I will give it a try and let you know. :D
If you don't hear back from me, I died. :eek:
07-23-2007, 11:31 AM
I think I saw Alton Brown talk about it on one of his shows. If I remember correctly he warned that you needed to be sure you were actually getting kudzu as many people call any annoying weedy vine by that name.
07-23-2007, 02:12 PM
Oh, there's NO doubt that this is kudzu. We call it kudzilla around here. We have been living with it for 13 years and it is eating the woods behind our house. We used to have goats and they kept it under control. I think that next year we will have to get goats again. It is getting out of control.
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