One of the seven autumn flowers, kudzu, is a vine plant with a strong life. From the roots to the flowers, every part of kudzu is utilized. The roots are used for food and Oriental medicine, leaves are used for livestock feed, vines are used for cloth textiles, and flowers are used for ingredients in folk medicine.
Kudzu powder made from roots is a far superior quality cooking starch than cornstarch, potato, wheat, or sweet potato. Kudzu powder is sometimes eaten in place of rice and wheat by people in mountainous regions, as a meal for sick people, or as emergency food, etc. It was even used as a portable food for samurai warriors. Its popularity also lies in the kudzu's superior flavor, delicate texture and kudzu powder's ability to enhance the flavor of other ingredients.
As used in Oriental medicine, kudzu has various uses such as promoting perspiration, alleviating fever, stiff muscles, and high blood pressure. Kudzu, with its high nutrition and superior effectiveness, is exported all over the world as MUSO's representative dried food product.