White cotton tops are a smart option for hot, humid climates. Lightweight cotton jeans and block-heeled sandals completed my very casual Sunday afternoon look.
If you’ve ever visited the south during the summer, you may have seen kudzu vines climbing, coiling, and trailing over everything in their wake. Did you know that its late summer blooms smell like grape Koolaid?
Kudzu was introduced from Japan to the United States at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 as an ornamental and a forage crop plant. The Civilian Conservation Corps and southern farmers planted kudzu to reduce soil erosion.
I found some of this information about kudzu on Wikipedia.
The leaves, vine tips, flowers, and roots are edible; the vines are not. The leaves can be used like spinach and eaten raw, chopped up and baked in quiches, cooked like collards, or deep-fried. Young kudzu shoots are tender and taste similar to snow peas. (I’m certainly not encouraging you to eat it or plant it!)
Pictured is the only “crop” of kudzu that I know of in Johnson City, so we stopped to get some pictures for you. You may imagine that I am about to enter a magical garden. Instead, I am standing in the parking lot of an office building across the street from The Mall.
I first showed you this top here. I wear the pieces in my collection many times, so there is rarely anything new to show you. Links to similar current items follow.