Kudzu (Japanese Arrowroot) is extremely invasive in the United States, Canada, and now Australia.

What is odd about this, however, is that kudzu is edible, an excellent livestock feed, medicinal, contains starch, fixes nitrogen into the soil, can be used to make fibre (ko-hemp), as well as ethanol.

While monocrops of maize are being grown for 4 out of 7 of these potential uses, an invasive plant that grows so fast you can see it with the naked eye is being sprayed with herbicides.

In light of this, I propose a novel solution to the elimination of useful invasive species: harvest them.

Thigmonasty or seismonasty is the nastic response of a plant or fungus to touch or vibration. Conspicuous examples of thigmonasty include many species in the leguminous subfamily Mimosoideae, active carnivorous plants such as Dionaea, and a wide range of pollination mechanisms. [x]

See more of the “Touch-Me-Not” plant (Mimosa pudica) here.


Schronce’s Deep Black Peanut

This peanut has been selected since 1980 by North Carolina gardener, Gordon Schronce. He started with 3 peanut shells and a total of seven individual peanuts. Unlike regular peanuts with red skins, these had dark purple, almost black skins. Schronce’s Deep Black is a product of his efforts over the years to select the largest seeds with the darkest skin color. Schronce’s is probably related to a heirloom peanut called Carolina Black.  Schronce’s has a darker skin than Carolina Black and more peanuts per shell (3-4).

-Sherck Seeds

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Avocado hummus with toasted coriander and avocado oil

This version of the famous dip is made with ripe avocados. It makes the creamiest hummus you’ll ever taste!

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What do you do with leftover black beans and quinoa – combine them with leafy greens to provide a balanced dish of different proteins that’s gluten free, low GI and high in fibre.

It was so simple to put together and packed with different types of protein found in black beans, quinoa, broccoli and spinach. An advantage of plant protein over animal protein is that it is low in fat content and high in fibre which can reduce the risks of certain diseases.

Take 2 cups of cooked black beans with liquid and place in a saucepan. Add 3-4 basil leaves.  Switch the hob on to medium heat and add 1 cup of quinoa – combine well.  

Turn the heat to low when beans and grains are hot and liquid is boiling gently. 
Add some sprigs of cooked broccoli and 2 handfuls of spinach and combine.
Add 1-2 slices of hard goat cheese – switch heat off and wait for cheese to melt.
Garnish with parsley or fresh coriander.  Season with Himalayan salt. 

Loved it - one bowl was NOT enough!