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Interesting history but I think I'll take a pass.

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Recently, while visiting me in Brooklyn, my mom’s eyes went twinkly as she noticed all the wild pokeweed growing around the neighborhood. A woolgathering reminiscence of her childhood in Texas spilled forth: cooking and eating the onion-infused greens straight from the pan; her stoic anticipation as her mother added vinegar to the last dregs of poke-broth, knocking it back like a shot of whiskey.

She was surprised to find that my New England–bred boyfriend had never heard of the poisonous, towering perennial weed, with its oblong leaves and magenta berries and stalks. Despite the fact that the kudzu-like Phytolacca americana sprouts up all across North America, poke sallet, a dish made from the plant’s slightly-less-toxic leaves, is a regional thing, popular only to Appalachia and the American South. The leaves must be boiled in water three times to cook out their toxins, and, as aficionados will tell you, it’s well worth the extra effort.

But if pokeweed is so toxic, why did people start eating it in the first place? In a word, poke sallet is survival food.


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The stuff grows on my property. It loves hardscrabble places with crappy soil. I used to pull it out, and then decided that it was kind of interesting. Tall and shapely, with shiny black berries, and the birds had a feast. I guess the toxins don't much bother them.
 
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I've heard of it all my life, and in fact was just having a Facebook chat with an Oklahoma friend whose grandmother used to cook it, but I've never had it.

He said that he wasn't a huge fan, so maybe you have to be hungry and grateful for what you can get.

I'll say that I have been known to drink a shot or two of the pot liquor after I've cooked fresh field peas or turnip greens. So did my mother. It's tasty and I imagine there are a lot of vitamins in it. Our family certainly did use cornbread to soak up the pot liquor when we ate greens or field peas. It's a tasty combo and my Depression-era parents were taught not to waste food.


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Interesting. That stuff grows in the woods all over here. Beautiful, never knew what it was.


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I forgot to post the article the snippet came from. Or maybe I accidentally deleted it...

In any event, here it is:

https://getpocket.com/explore/...source=pocket-newtab


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Wait, my mind is being blown. Pokewood = poke sallet = poke salad = Poke Salad Annie?

Yeah, I guess I've "heard of it." But I had no clue what it was.
 
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It is beautiful when grown as a specimen.

From what I heard, it is only the very young leaves are edible.

I let one or two grow each year to tall shrubs.


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Originally posted by Nina:
Pokeweed = poke sallet = poke salad = Poke Salad Annie?
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How to harvest and prepare poke

Have seen poke in weedy places all my life.
Never et none.


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