Organic Japanese Kuzu (Kudzu) - Gluten Free Starch Thickener


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Clearspring Organic Kuzu (also known as Kudzu) is a superior quality starch thickener with a smooth texture and neutral flavour that is naturally extracted from the roots of one of Japan’s most vigorous mountain plants. Its quality was commended in the 2012 Free From Awards.

Ingredients: Organically wild harvested kuzu root (Pueraria lobata)

Product weight - 125g

How to use

Ideal thickener for soups and stews, sweet and savoury sauces, glazes and pie fillings, it is easy to use:

  • Crush the chunks
  • Dissolve in a small amount of cold water
  • Add the mix to to your cooking liquid
  • Heat, stirring continuously until thick and translucent.

A half to one tablespoon of kuzu will thicken one cup of liquid. Please note: 1 ¾ tbsp. of Kuzu can replace 1 tbsp of corn flour.

Kuzu production

Clearspring's kuzu producer has been making kuzu for five generations, and still carefully follows the traditional 120-day process of washing, settling, filtering and drying the pure organic kuzu root starch that it supplies to Clearspring. Located in southern Kyushu, where the volcanic soils produce exceptionally vigorous kuzu plants, they are one of the few remaining producers of pure kuzu starch in Japan.

A Superior gluten free thickener

Kuzu has been a valued ingredient in Japanese cuisine and confectionery for more than two thousand years. Its high content of complex starch molecules makes it a powerful thickening agent. While standard thickeners like cornflour can do much the same job, they tend to be highly processed and treated with chemical bleaches and extracting agents, whereas Clearspring pure organic kuzu is a completely natural gluten free starch.


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