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26-03-2020 Japanese Knotweed - 6 heads of Japanese Knotweed sprouts

The Japanese Knotweed is for the city Amsterdam a big problem. The plant seems to disapear in the winter, but once is spring it comes back ever larger and stronger. It looks beautiful above the ground but underneath the plant is living a solo life. It damages cables, local ecology and infrastructure. MediaMatic saw an opportunity to embrace the monster and turned it in a beautiful alternative.

These thick juicy heads of the young knotweed sprouts are great to cook with. Slightly astringent, freshly acidic like Sorrell. Pick them at the end of March, beginning of April in The Netherlands.

see recipe https://www.mediamatic.net/en/page/377382/eating-the-invasive

photo 2020 by Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic