Polk County Extension Center hosts kudzu uses

Published 2:08 pm Friday, August 26, 2011

“As the tendrils crawl over the fields, The night the kudzu has, Your pasture, you sleep like the dead,” James Dickey.

Instructor Edith Edwards

We all know about Kudzu, but what can you do with that pesky vine, besides cuss at it? Find out on Sept. 14 at the extension office. The Polk County Extension Center will be offering a class on “The Good Uses of Kudzu.”
Edith Edwards of Rutherfordton has found many uses for kudzu over the past 30 years. Edwards will demonstrate how she makes deep-fried kudzu leaves, kudzu quiche and many other kudzu dishes. She found recipes in “The Book of Kudzu: A Culinary and Healing Guide” by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi, and thought this was a good use for a plentiful resource.
Edwards and her husband Henry have used kudzu as livestock feed on their farm since the 60’s. She has demonstrated kudzu cooking for clubs, schools and visitors to the Knoxville World’s Fair.
The kudzu class is Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 pm. Call the Polk County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-894-8218 to register for the class.
– article submitted Jimmi Buell

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