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Dr. Jay Bolin and His Invasive Plants and Animals Focus Group
I went to a unique Discovery Group on Tuesday. It combined poison ivy and deep-frying. (No, we didn't deep-fry the ivy). The discovery session was called "Invasive Species and Biodiversity: Eating the Plant that ate the South!" and was taught by Dr. Jay Bolin, a biology professor here at Catawba College.
Dr. Bolin started out the session by talking about specific invasive species, what they are, and how they work.
He then told us we were going to go pick some kudzu. After walking for about 15 minutes (of which the last 5 minutes was through a lot of poison ivy), we got to the kudzu. Kudzu is a nasty plant. It is a vine that grows extremely fast, and basically on anything. I saw some kudzu climbing up trees basically everywhere. We picked kudzu (while avoiding the poison ivy that was also everywhere).
Oddly enough, Dr. Bolin himself is extremely sensitive to poison ivy. But, as he says, "I'm a botanist. I'm crazy about plants. It's what I do."
After picking some, we went back to the classroom. After drying off (it started to rain as we were heading back), we battered and fried the kudzu. It tasted great (though not that much different than most other deep-fried foods).
At some point, someone suggested deep-frying some other foods. By the end of the session, we had battered then fried PB&J sandwiches, bananas, cookies, peanut butter crackers, and some kudzu flowers.
We had a really fun (and greasy) time!
Dr. Bolin Proves You Can Fry Just About Anything
Ask These Happy Campers About Experiment Kudzu Fry (cool) and About Invasive Species (not cool)
No. It Didn't Taste Like Chicken (as they say about most unusual foods).
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