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Old 02-25-2010, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Mac_Muz View Post
I guess Lynchburg is as close as i got. Went to see how to make whiskey. Just east of you went up and down the valley there some too. It was in early Spring but the kudsu was beginning to get green. I have a odd sort of reason to like that plant, but i wouldn't like it if I had to see what it does ever day. I am willing to bet money you don't care for it much, unless it creates earnings for you.
I'm about 12 miles from Lynchburg.

Spring is pretty here. If you can figure out how to make money out of kudzu, please let me know! I've seen that stuff tear down buildings, kill small forests and make grown men cry.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by drskinneymoon View Post
Yes, liked the Franklin, Tn area the best. Not the small town I was wanting, but I really liked the looks of the rural areas around it.
Franklin was a small town once, but it becomes less so just about every day.

If you liked the country around it, there are quite a few small towns in southern middle Tennessee that you might like.

A couple that come to mind that I like that are in your population range are Fayetteville, Lynchburg (very small ), Wartrace (very small), Petersburg, (very small), Pulaski, Hohenwald, Lawrenceburg.

There are really a lot of nice smaller towns in middle Tennessee.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:17 PM
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kudzu is eatable for one thing, I am not certain what parts are best, but I know it can be eatten, perhaps feed for domestics as well. I have none, and was more interested in medical properties it has for certain ailments. If you are medically quailified, and want any more I am game. I haven't yet had the time or ambition to research as i should, so again I am not sure, but heave heard ruhmors that entertain a few things i should look into for my own good.

There is no real need for you to be medically qualified to discuss this, but if you are that could help me a lot.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:40 PM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Kudzu root, when properly processed, has medicinal properties and the Japanese dried root powder sells for a premium in health food stores. We keep a fair amount of the dried root on hand, as it is great for stomach soothing and makes a pudding that can be easily eaten.

Processing is labor intensive though. The roots have to be dug between Nov and March, then there is cleaning, cold soaking and cutting (by hand, since there is a lot of variation in the roots), a slow starch removal process, and sedimentation. The Japanese prefer the pure white starch, although the gray version has more health properties. A couple of locations and families there have been the big suppliers for generations. China has Kudzu as well, but it is nowhere near as popular as in Japan.

The flowers can be made into a jelly that is quite nice, and the leaves are edible, but mostly used for fodder. FWIW, the libraries usually have a good book available on the subject, and there is a lot of info on the web if you do some digging. Be warned that "Kudzu" also refers to a type of potato starch outside of the U.S..
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:18 AM
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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A small town I really enjoyed in Tennessee is Kingston. I have relatives that live near there and it is a nice friendly town. Never had a bit of trouble in the 20+ years I've been going there.
To the ones talking about Marysville. Are you talking about Maryville, without the "s"?.
Another post on kudzu, it was introduced into the US as erosion control and just took over. I read in a Mother Earth News once that kudzu makes great compost for your garden. If you plant some for some reason, they say there are 2 things you have to do. One is to plant at night so the neighbors don't see who is planting that nasty plant. Two is, when you cover the seed with dirt, walk away quickly so the plant that pops right out doesn't grow up your pants leg! lol
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