Kudzu Foraging Adventure

For our secondKudzu tea foraging adventure, four intrepid Transitioners headed out to the jungle behind the Meadow Creek Community Gardens.  Turns out that most of that mass of green you see swallowing hapless trees is actually ivy or Oregon grape.  So, our band of seekers took a while to find some actual kudzu.  Once we located a limited number of vines, we harvested the younger, more tender leaves, along with some roots, which meant our harvest was somewhat wee.  Not to worry!  We happily headed back to S.’s apartment (with a pit stop for some ripe wine berries on a public street nearby) for our kudzu feast . . .

Turns out kudzu is pretty tough, and even after steaming it for quite some time, it didn’t really break down to the “spinach-like” consistency we’d been led to expect.  Luckily the kudzu tea was tasty (and the root tea has potential), so it was worth finding out more about this nutritious vine.



  1. Deb Grotenhuis says:

    Good to know we can forage in the hills if need be. When I went on the VA Creeper Trail scenic bike ride there was a section I rode past that was full of the stuff. I’ve heard that sometimes communities or individuals ask sheep and goat herders if they will bring their flocks to eat the kudzu. I’ve got three goats now. Be happy to let them eat somebody’s kudzu. Better them than me.