- Dec 19, 2017
Interesting. I have played in it, tried to control it and its just alway been there.Never eaten any.View attachment 42445
Can humans eat kudzu?
Pretty much all of it — the leaves, flowers and roots — is edible except the vine. Use the leaves raw, baked in quiches, cooked down like collards or even deep-fried. Go for young kudzu shoots as they're tender and have a taste similar to snow peas.
They just can't leave things alone. As I've said many times they have turned Florida into a jungle with species that have no natural predators. I think the pythons have totally got rid of the Florida Keys deer.I always stop by big patches when kudzu is blooming. It smells just like the grape bubblegum I used to get as a kid. I’m seen jelly made from the blooms at the farmers market. I’ve never tried it myself.
But! are the days of kudzu numbered? The feds brought kudzu here for erosion control in the 1930's (dust bowl years). Some now claim in 2009 they brought a bug here to eat it. Others claim it hitched a ride on an airplane and landed at Hartsfield in Atlanta.
Only the bug is now eating everything, causing severe crop damage and ravaging small gardens everywhere.
The North Carolina extension people have a pretty good article about it.
The kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria) was introduced to the U.S. in 2009 and is now found in most North Carolina counties. A true bug roughly the size of a lady beetle, it uses its piercing sucking mouthparts to rob plants of water and nutrients and can cause significant yield loss.
Read more at: Kudzu Bug
I wasn't really looking but never noticed any blooms or fruit on a kudzu before. We have something here that I think is from the same species but not sure.Here is a pretty good starter article on eating kudzu on the "Eat the Weeds" website.