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May 27, 2005

Learning to love Kudzu

I first saw Kudzu in Georgia. Mark Harris told me the story of how Kudzu was imported from Japan to stop erosion but ended up growing over everything and becoming unstoppable. This is Kudzu:

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Maybe it’s because this is the current view from my window in NYC, but I found Kudzu to be quite nice.

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Gary Pettus:

It was brought to the South during the Great Depression to help control soil erosion, but it helped itself to everything else. It covers hills, telephone poles, ravines, abandoned headstones, slow cows.

Unable to kill it, stop it, or even make it chew with its mouth closed, Southerners have tried to pare it back by, among other things, eating it. Before it eats us.

Now, it turns out that Kudzu heightens the buzz from alcohol. I can see the vine suddenly developing legions of fans, can’t you?

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I was just describing Kudzu to my mom today…

Posted by: Rachel at May 27, 2005 at 10:30 pm

Aren’t ailanthus trees the New York equivalent of kudzu?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at May 29, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Kudzu heightens a buzz from alcohol? It’ll be extinct within ten years.

Posted by: ken at May 30, 2005 at 11:13 am

“Aren’t ailanthus trees the New York equivalent of kudzu?”
Can ailanthus grow a foot a day and have tap roots as big as cars?

Posted by: cube at May 31, 2005 at 11:58 am

Kudzu can also cure hangovers, says this study.
http://www.med.unc.edu/alcohol/research/Overstreet/kudzu.html

Posted by: Kazmin at June 4, 2005 at 2:18 pm
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