Foraging Wild Shoots: Japanese Knotweed

Photo of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is another wild edible plant ripe for picking.  I gather young shoots when they are about a foot tall.  I act fast when I find this rapidly growing plant emerging — stalks can grow several feet in just a few weeks!  This past week, I picked and froze 5 quarts of young shoots.  Cooked until soft and mushy, these shoots can be combined with fruit for a tasty sauce.

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