Invasive Species Recipes

Invasive Species Recipes

Invasive plants are everywhere, so we might as well eat them. Here is a collection of recipe links from other websites for a variety of invasive plants. Most of the plants listed below are common, well-known invasives that are not often mistaken for other plants, but be sure of your identification before eating them! We can't be responsible for what you eat. When in doubt, don't eat the plant. Also, since these recipes aren't ours, we assume no responsibility for how they come out. Enjoy!

Alliaria petiolata (Garlic mustard)

Winning recipes from the Garlic Mustard Challenge

Berberis vulgaris (Common barberry)

Barberry jelly and other recipes

Barberry wine

Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn olive)

Autumn olive wine

Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)

Japanese knotweed crumble

Pueraria montana var. lobata (Kudzu)

Kudzu jelly, apple cider, fried chicken, etc.

Recipes from the Blythwood Kudzu Festival

Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (Watercress)

Turkey watercress club sandwich

Rosa rugosa (Rugosa rose)

Rose hip jam and tea

Rubus phoenicolasius (Wineberry)

Wineberry wine

A host of other recipes can be found at:

Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council