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japanese knotweed

japanese knotweed

One of the world’s most invasive plants. Billions of dollars are spent trying to get rid of it, yet it could feed millions as a food source AND is a major source of resveratrol, a powerful anti-aging and anti-cancer agent. There is no excuse for starvation if this plant is around. It grows three feet a month, sends roots down ten feet, even through concrete, and as far as 60 feet out. Best parts are young shoots and unopened leaves, but whole plant is edible raw, steamed or cooked, even roots. Has tangy lemony taste from oxalic acid. Grows like bamboo and has hollow, bamboo-like stems. Young leaves are reddish-purple. Small green-white-pink 5-petal flowers. Very high in vitamin C. Antiinfection, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, tumor reduction, lowers cholesterol, elevates cyclic AMP, balances estrogen, mood swings, hit flashes, great for herpes, shingles, white blood cells, longevity, jaundice, liver, hepatitis, urinary tract, appendicitis, gallstones, yeast infection, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, bacteria killer, anti-tumor, artherosclerosis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, memory, nervous system, adrenals, asthma, lung, bronchitis, mucus. Transresveratrol even more bio-available than grape juice or red wine!
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Vine weevil, Lily Beetle, Sudden Oak Death, Impatiens Downy Mildew, Japanese Knot Weed and many more besides, have reared their ugly heads over the last 20 years or so.
The mauve Rhododendron ponticum costs a fortune to control in beauty spots around Britain while Japanese knot weed is a major pest plant,especially beside streams where the current carries pieces of root along to spread the problem still further.
Last night, a council spokesman said an inspection of the land showed it was covered in Japanese Knot Weed which would be difficult to rid completely without using strong chemicals.

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