I am both intimidated and completely fascinated by kudzu. Like most southerns I grew up in fear of it. One did not dare go into the kudzu patch. There were snakes in there. As a gardener one never ever ever considered planting it or having it anywhere near the garden or yard because it would consume it in days. It was a silent monster who was impossible to control and should by all means be avoided. As I grew older I came to make peace with kudzu as it is useful for so much.
This Smithsonian Magazine Article is wonderfully informative about kudzu. If you are like me this is a good read. I think when it warms up I am going to get hit the kudzu patch up the road to make a basket.