Kudzu Root c/s
Botanical Name - Pueraria lobata
Origin - China
Flavor Profile - Kudzu root has a texture and flavor similar to a white potato when cooked.
Culinary Usages - Decoct the root to make teas.
Cosmetic Usages - Tincture or decoct to incorporate into soaps, lotions and other cosmetics.
In Japan, the starchy roots are used to produce kuzuko to thicken sauces, desserts and bean pastes, while the powdered herb is used to make a tea called kuzuyu. In the southern U.S., kudzu is used to make lotion, soap and candles. The plant fiber is used to make paper and cloth and the vines are turned into baskets.
Kudzu contains several plant flavonoids collectively called isoflavones. Of particular interest to researchers are the chemicals daidzin and puerarin, which occur in the highest concentrations in kudzu's roots.
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