Kudzu Entrepreneurs Find Gold in Green “Menace”

Nancy Basket agrees with the sentiment that kudzu, a fast-growing vine originally imported to the U.S. from Japan, is a menace. But 15 years ago she learned to respect that menace and now it’s rewarding her with a profitable–and growing–business.

Basket is a Native American artisan who runs Kudzu Kabin Designs from her home in the Appalachian foothills of Walhalla, South Carolina. She is one of a handful of people who are seeing gold in the vine that North Americans love to hate.