Cooking with Japanese Knotweed

Andy Hamilton

Brewer, forager, broadcaster, spaceman occasional liar

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  1. Japanese Knotweed Man says:

    I love that analogy about knotweed; hilarious. Typically glyphosate is used to spray it. I still wouldn’t recommend eating it, but it’s not particularly dangerous (of course you probably wont know for certain that’s what it’s been sprayed with though).

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      Cheers Pete. Yes, it does get sprayed with some rather nasty chemicals and you do have to know who is doing what to it. You are missing out if you are not eating it, delicous stuff.

  2. Carlborne says:

    I am looking for some true Japanese Knotweed for medical purposes. I would like to grow my own. Is anyone willing to help with seeds, clippings or roots.

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      Hello Carlborne, what you are suggesting is against the law and you could even be imprisoned. Not to mention its irrasponable, sorry to come down a bit on you there. I’d suggest getting in contact with your local council and seeing if you can harvest some of theirs, even then you shouldn’t really leave the site with it.

      If you are outside the UK the laws differ, but as it can really devistate an area I’d still try and find someone who has it growing and just harvest theirs. You really don’t want to be planting it.

    • Diane says:

      I have it growing in my yard now for 15 years, I keep it fenced because the deer eat it, I have lymes and am trying to cook it and make tea

  3. rhianna says:

    Where do you to get some knotweed, i would like to try your recipes? Obviously i dont want it growing in my garden, but is there controlled green houses that grow it for the purpose of eating?

  4. Mary Berg says:

    I have been fighting this godawful mes for about 10 years and no one could ever tell me what it was. Someone planted it along my driveway as a summer barrier between themselves and the neighbor. Well, I inherited it and since I don’t believe in using chemicals, I still have it. Thank goodness I do. I finally found a professor at the university her in missouri that told me what it was – Japanese Knotweed. I initially thought I would have to resort to chemicals. Then I started doing some research and I am thrilled to know I can “kind of control” it and get some really good use from the knotweed. I haven’t used any just yet but I am excited to try some of these recipes I have found online. I would really like to find your book and have just started looking for it. I am really excited for some of the medicinal properties, also. I have Polymialgia Rhuematica and I hope this will help with the pain. I just wanted to thank you for the education you have given me on this plant. It is just one more reason to appreciate nature.

    • How nice of you to post this Mary thank you. What a thing to inherit, I feel for you it’s quite a beast. I have indeed heard of people who repeatedly dig up the root and burn it over time they irradicated it.

      My book has a USA imprint and is published by Plume, it is more about making drinks than anything else. Just had a look up Polymialgia Rhuematica and I’m not sure that Knotweed will help, I don’t want to give you any quack ideas but some people have used the Paleo diet to treat auto-immune conditions. Perhaps ask your physician about it?

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