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Japanese Knotweed, is it good to eat?

I used to find the Japanese knotweed was an annoying plant as we were told they were nuisance so, we thought we would get rid of them before they are overgrown and attack our property. 

During the process of getting rid of them, I have come across some litlle shoots look like asparagas and I was wondering if they are edible.

After I did some reseach (via internet, books and also ate it myself...raw & cooked.), it appear to be an edible plant!

What surprised me most was, it contains lots of goodness.

Not only is it edible; it is good for you.

Japanese knotweed is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and contains potassium, zinc, phosphorus and manganese. It has been used for centuries in its native countries for treating many ailments, such as respiratory infections. Knotweed also contains amounts of resveratrol, which can be used to reduce cholesterol (although large quantities would need to be consumed to get these benefits).  So the plant is not quite as bad as the press would have you believe. 

If you would like to know more about the plant, recipes etc. please visit...

 

https://www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk/blog/eating-japanese-knotweed/

https://environetuk.com/blog/Is-Japanese-knotweed-safe-to-eat

 

Now, if we run out of fresh supplies during the crisis, you know where and what to look for, eh!

Thank you above websites for contributing such amazing information.

Keep well everyone! :)

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