The Weekly Invasivore Round-up compiles our favorite news and blogoshpere items from the week which we think are relevant to Eating Invasive Species. This week there’s lots of feral swine, but also shoes, crayfish, crabs and even robots.
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Saturday, Feb 5
I think some invasivores need to take a road trip a little up north from headquarters.
Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatumis) is deliciously sweet and tangy.
If you can’t eat them, wear them.
Sunday, Feb 6
Don’t panic, legal issues aside, dog may be one step too far for this Invasivore. But feral dogs are problem for wildlife.
American Signal Crayfish are invasive and harmful in the UK. We’ve got Rusty Crayfish recipes coming soon, and I am sure they will work just as well for British invasivores.
Monday, Feb 7
Tuesday, Feb 8
While the smuggler of this Chinese delicacy was caught, the Vancouver Sun reports that eating Mitten Crabs can put consumers at disease risk. An older National Geographic article, however, promotes its invasivory. This goes on my list of things to look into.
Wednesday, Feb 9
Big week for pigs, between this and the Saturday item above. Also see the Locavore Hunter’s take on pig hunting with Mother Jones. I am getting seriously motivated to head into Michigan and get me some bacon.
Thursday, Feb 10
Invasivore robots anyone?
Another edible invader, though a personal note from the author warned us to beware of selenium. While looking into this, I found this awesome Wikipedia article listing plants with edible leaves.
Friday, Feb 11
I applaud the steps taken to control invasive species in general, though I think we could make hot-wings out of these invasive European starlings rather than just poisoning them, which seems to have caught the public un-aware and angered them. I’ve built a simple trap for starlings and house sparrows out of some recycled materials (see the picture), and I’ll be giving it a try this weekend. If I catch anything, I’ll certainly be posting details next week.
DIY Sparrow trap prototype from all recycled materials. Photo by A. Deines