Amazing Pokeweed

Graham Rice
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 08:55:55 PDT
I've heard it said that the berries were used by native Americans as 
a fish poison... can anyone confirm that?

Also, does anyone know to what extent the rather startling variegated 
form, 'Silberstein', comes true from seed? A few weeks ago I found 
another variegated form, with cream sectorial variegation, rather 
than the speckling of 'Silberstein'. It remains to be seen if its 
proves stable...

I think this may be my first posting on this list, although I've been 
following the fascinating exchanges for some time. I'm a British 
garden writer now spending much of my time in PA.

Graham Rice
PA zone 5/6

>In a message dated 8/15/2005 11:33:17 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
> writes:
>I have a  friend who used to invite friends in each spring to try his  boiled
>pokeweed. There are those who say it's as good as asparagus.
>The site I read said it needed to be boiled twice before it can be safely 
>Jim's remarks about his childhood and pokeweed reminded me that we used to 
>gather the berries in a jar and let them make "ink" too.  I always have  some
>pokeweed coming up here someplace or another. It can be a rather handsome 
>Bill Lee
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