… or not? An interesting listen from BBC You and Yours programme questioning the 7 metre rule: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bd6ycp
A revealing article which questions whether bamboo is likely to be as problematic for home owners as Japanese knotweed currently is… read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5764259/Is-bamboo-new-Japanese-knotweed.html
It adds an earthy taste to the jam – a bit like rhubarb, and a good ginger kick at the end.
The best time to pick the ends of the knotweed is April–May, before it becomes too stringy and mature.
Next year, perhaps I’ll find enough knotweed to make more than 2 jars of it!
For anyone interested I found the recipe online (https://thespecialbranch.wordpress.com/recipes/japanese-knotweed-and-ginger-jam/). It’s very straightforward!
Despite what you may think, making Japanese Knotweed and Ginger Jam was relatively simple.
Obviously, peeling the new stalk in the field so nothing extra was brought home (to grow in the compost) is key.
Here is the knotweed roughly chopped up and soaking over night in sugar!