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"If You Can't Beat It, Eat It." It contains a delicious knotweed strawberry pie recipe (including tips for a great crust from his baker mom). My son has baked this pie each spring since attending one of Cohen's workshops, which sparked what I suspect will be a lifelong interest in foraging for wild edibles.

3+ cups sliced strawberries

Have you seen this bad boy? You probably have clumps of it near you, and you probably pass massive patches of it along the roads. An FBI most wanted poster would describe it like this: "Grows in bunches up to 13 feet tall, mainly along highways and along rivers. In spring, be on the lookout for dried brown stalks from last fall that lie in crumpled, messy piles. New shoots look like innocent asparagus stalks with a reddish tint, but are hollow and crisp. Use caution."

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1/2 tsp. Skechers Active Breathe Easy

7 tbsp. cold apple or orange juice

My son and I had parked the van along a quiet back road on Tuesday evening and hopped out. He wielded a knife, and I wielded a camera. By the time the officer slowed his cruiser to a stop, we were so engrossed in our task, we didn't even notice we were under surveillance.

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Vans Suede Iso 1.5

"Knotweed is one of our most ubiquitous invasive plants in the entire state, threatening not only areas along the state's highways but also a majority of our waterways," Cygan said.

It's so pervasive along highways and rivers because it spreads by sending forth both its seeds and by its roots. Any bit of root that breaks off and lands in soil can sprout a new population, so snowplows spread it along roadways while natural ice scouring spreads it along rivers.

It's hard to Vans Suede Iso 1.5 find anything good about invasive species, but there is one positive attribute to Japanese knotweed: It's edible, and it tastes like mild rhubarb or Granny Smith apples. In fact, knotweed is a kind of dark star in wild edible circles. And Eaten." His philosophy is that even though eating invasive knotweed could never stop its path of destruction, it does provide a little sweet revenge.

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I guess we looked a little odd, or the state police officer would have just driven by.

"Oh! Just fine thanks!" I said, Vans Runner Lilac Snow

3+ cups peeled, sliced Japanese knotweed stalks (cut each piece in half length wise to reduce any trapped air space inside)

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It also happens to be a monster that's tasty if you harvest it around this time of year, when the stalks are about 8 to 12 inches high . but more on that in a bit.

Actually, everything was more than fine. Having found a patch of Japanese knotweed that was just the right size for harvesting, we were happily cutting stalks, taking pictures and talking about knotweed muffins, coffee cake and pie.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut ball of dough in half, roll out one half into a circle about 1/8 inch thick, adding flour to the board/pin/dough if sticky. Place in pie plate. Mix filling in bowl; if runny juice accumulates in bottom of bowl, stir a tablesppon or so of flour into the mixture. Pour filling into pie plate. Roll out second half of dough and place on top of filling or cut into 1/2 inch strips, and place over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim all but 1/2 inch of surplus dough from pie plate rim. Crimp dough together along pie plate edge with fork. Poke 6 12 holes in top crust (if not lattice) with fork. Place on a cookie sheet, and insert into center rack of oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, then 25 minutes more at 400 degrees. Pie is done when juice oozes out the top crust and begins to run onto the cookie sheet. If the crust is getting too brown in one or more places before the rest is done, place a small piece of aluminum foil over that spot to stop further browning.

That's not to say it's ever a good thing to find Japanese knotweed growing anywhere. It's a beast of a plant, an invader from Japan that is bent on taking over parts of our landscape, smothering our native plants in the process. It's monstrous enough to be No. 36 on the list of 100 worst invasive species worldwide.

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Sweet revenge on an invasive plant

"Everything OK?" he asked through an open window.

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Cohen's book has a chapter devoted to knotweed called Mbt Kisumu White

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Cygan said the reason knotweed and other invasives are threats to our ecosystems is that most of the parasites, diseases, insects and other predators that keep the plants in their place in their countries of origin don't live here. That gives invasives free reign and presents environmental groups, towns, the state and landowners with the Herculean task of trying to control them so far with mixed results.

Put flour into food processor. Cut up shortening into big pieces and add to food processor the less handling the better. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add cold juice and pulse until mixture begins to ball up and the blade stops or slows substantially. Dump mixture onto wax paper. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.1 cups sugar

"It has a kind of man bites dog appeal," Cohen said. "We're supposed to hate this plant, but while we're doing that, we can be nibbling on it."

Fast forward to today, and Olmstead's decorations are Doug Cygan's nemeses. Cygan is the invasive species coordinator for the state Department of Agriculture, and part of his job is to work with other groups around the state to eradicate, or at least control, what is now a long list of invasive plants and animals.

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waving cheerfully.

Unfortunately, like many invasive plants, Japanese knotweed was brought to American gardens on purpose, as an ornamental. Well known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system, planted it like crazy, not understanding that it would act differently here in America than it did in Japan, where it's pretty tame.

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