Friday, December 12, 2008

Well...I'll be darned!

Well, wouldn't you know the advantages of the curious gardener! I was snooping around the web for a few minutes looking for more perennial veg to add to our garden...and looky here what I found:

"Kudzu - Pueraria montana lobataKudzu has long been cultivated as staple food in Japan and China. The roots are up to 1.5 metres long, starchy and rich in carbohydrates. A very nutritious and versatile food, they can be eaten cooked, made into noodles, used in soups or as a thickener. They are rich in iron, calcium, potassium and zinc, dried root powder measures 21.8% protein. The plant has a very extensive root system and is useful for erosion control. Can be grown in cooler regions where top growth is killed by winter frosts.

Disadvantages: This plant illustrates the care that should be taken introducing non-native perennials. A shade tolerant extremely vigorous plant that has become an infamous weed in warm climates, especially the Southern USA, where it spreads quickly and is almost impossible
to eradicate. "

Can YOU believe it??? Of all things, edibles growing right in front of our noses!

This info was taken from PrimalSeeds.org...check it out they have tons of neat info on underappreciated vegs.

2 comments:

Darla said...

That is cool! Did you ever get an ID on the plant in the last post?

Gardening Fool said...

Hi Darla, no I did not...I will be sure to post it if/when I do.