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Friday, November 22, 2013

Cooking with kudzu ?


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(Yep i'm stuck on kudzu. I found out its many uses but not the details on the uses. This post tells me and you how to harvest and cook kudzu leaves. Its important to know the details on how you can eat kudzu. Just knowing you can eat it is not enough.) Story Reports
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Teresa Erwin
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How to Harvest and Cook Kudzu Leaves
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How to Harvest and Cook Kudzu Leaves

If you do not have kudzu growing in your yard, choose a location where pesticides and car fumes are not going to be a big concern. Make a lot of noise when approaching a kudzu patch. Lots of critters like to live under kudzu vines including snakes. I would recommend clipping easily attainable vines and then removing the leaves at home. Don't worry about killing the vine-it's an incredibly sturdy plant. Cut multiple vines, as you will need ten times the number of leaves when you cook them. Kudzu cooks like collards and really shrinks when you boil it. It also is compared to tofu because of its ability to take on the flavor of whatever you cook it with.

After you have harvested multiple vines and removed the leaves, wash in cold water thoroughly. You then have the choice of boiling, sautéing, frying, pickling, mixing in soups or stews or just eating them in your salad. If you plan to eat them in salad make sure you harvest young leaves, as the older, larger ones will be tougher. A lot of people like to par-boil first and then sauté with onion, garlic, and olive oil.

Another popular cooking method is to just boil and eat them like spinach. You can also can kudzu leaves for future use by processing in a pressure cooker. Deep fried kudzu leaves are another favorite. Just coat the leaves in your favorite batter and fry. Whether you are frying or boiling, just cook until tender.

Kudzu leaves are highly nutritious. Kudzu leaves contain protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, fiber, and is low in fat. Kudzu also has the ability to lower blood sugar. Although not a native plant to the US, this edible plant has other health benefits such as aiding in hangovers, indigestion, headaches, and sinus trouble.
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