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Kudzu: Savior or Satan?. ► Originally introduced into US from Japan, 1876 ► Introduced into the South in New Orleans as fast- growing decorative vine,

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1 Kudzu: Savior or Satan?

2 ► Originally introduced into US from Japan, 1876 ► Introduced into the South in New Orleans as fast- growing decorative vine, 1880s ► Member of bean family (legume) ► Used in early 20 th century to control soil erosion

3 Soil erosion in Mississippi, c.1930s.

4 ► Classified as a weedy vine, noxious pest ► Kudzu currently covers more than 2 million acres in the South ► South has been defined as region “below the kudzu line” ► Can grow a foot a day

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6 Percentage of County Area with Kudzu

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8 ► Roots grow up to eight feet underground ► Vines die in winter; generate new growth spring and summer ► Very hard to eradicate ► Covers anything that doesn’t move

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14 Kudzu Products ► Baskets ► Furniture ► Shampoo ► Lotion ► Soap ► Wine ► Jelly ► Energy drink

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17 Other kudzu-based products you might enjoy. Energy drink from Germany A world of kudzu- based recipes are available on the internet Moisturizing body lotion Skin repair cream Soap

18 ► Magazines ► Novels ► Albums ► Essays ► Journals ► Comic strip

19 Kudzu covers literature, films and music about the South.

20 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette and his Kudzu comic strip, which satirizes small-town Southern life, its characters, situations, and universal truths.

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22 ► Kudzu festivals in  Holly Springs, MS  Burningtown, NC  Blythewood, AR  Website: Deep Fried Kudzu.com


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