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Kuzu (or kudzu) is the Japanese Arrowroot plant, native to southern Japan, where it grows wild throughout the countryside.
Roots of the kuzu plant are ground into a fine powder which is used to make a syrupy, sweet beverage called "kuzuyu", consumed for prevention and treatment of common colds. Kuzuyu is easy to prepare and guaranteed to keep you warm in the winter, and help relieve stuffy noses and sore throats.
In Japan, besides for treatment of colds, Kuzuyu is also consumed for reducing symptoms of headaches, upset stomach and alcohol hangover.
Kuzu root powder is gluten-free. It is also commonly used as a healthy alternative to starch and cornmeal to coat fish, beef, pork, poultry or vegetables or as a thickening agent for things like soups or stir-frys.
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