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Kudzu (Pueraria) Root Slices

Kudzu (Pueraria) Root Slices

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Kudzu is member of the pea family. This creeping woody vine is considered a highly invasive species and a persistent problem in the southeastern United States. In fact in 2009, according to Science Daily, the “plant that ate the south” spreads faster than U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists can mow or spray it with herbicide, easily covering an average of 150,000 acres each year.

In Japan, the starchy roots are used to produce kuzuko to thicken sauces, desserts and bean pastes, while the powdered herb is used to make a tea called kuzuyu. In the southern U.S., kudzu is used to make jelly, lotion and soap. The plant fiber is used to make paper and cloth and the vines are turned into baskets.

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Pueraria lobata

Kudzu (Pueraria) Root Slices

Kudzu root (Pueraria), slices

a.
quick look

variety information to have
cups to lb8
originchina
plant part usedroot
processingsliced

b.
buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaTough, woody, and fibrous, without significant aroma.

c.
uses

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cosmeticTincture or decoct to incorporate into soaps, lotions and other cosmetics.
culinaryDecoct the root to make teas.

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d.
flavor profile

sliced
kudzu root

Kudzu root has a texture and flavor similar to a white potato when cooked.

e.
formulas & recipes

sliced
kudzu root

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f.
what else you should know

sliced
kudzu root

Kudzu is a creeping, woody wine in the pea family with alternate trifoliate leaflets that look similar to poison ivy leaves but are much larger. It is used as a grazing crop for livestock in the southern U.S., particularly for goats. It is also used to increase the nitrogen content in soil and to help prevent erosion.

Because the deep roots improve the transport of water and minerals to the top layer of soil, it is cultivated in regions where the soil has been depleted and/or that have been affected by deforestation. However, due to the plant's prolific growth habit, it is also considered highly invasive and is a persistent problem in the southeastern United States. In fact, this is why kudzu is commonly referred to as "the vine that ate the south."

Save for the seeds, all parts of the plant are edible. The leaves are cooked as a vegetable and the flowers are made into jelly. In Japan, the starchy roots are used to produce kuzuko to thicken sauces, desserts and bean pastes, while the powdered herb is used to make a tea called kuzuyu. In the southern U.S., kudzu is used to make lotion, soap and candles. The plant fiber is used to make paper and cloth and the vines are turned into baskets.

Kudzu contains several plant flavonoids collectively called isoflavones. Of particular interest to researchers are the chemicals daidzin and puerarin, which occur in the highest concentrations in kudzu's roots.



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