Amazing Pokeweed

Jim McKenney
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 08:33:04 PDT
The demonization of pokeweed!

I've been pulling pokeweed all week: I had no idea it can cause rashes in
some people. I've never had a problem with it. 

When I was a kid, we used to make a real mess playing with the fruits. There
was the widespread belief that it was poisonous if ingested, but no one
thought twice about touching it. 

My crayon box had a color, Indian Lake: isn't there a connection between
that and pokeweed? We used to use the juice from the ripe fruit as ink when
we were playing. And I suppose we painted ourselves "Indian style" with the
juice of the fruit. 

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. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where a good insult to a
gardener is "he couldn't grow a decent pokeweed". 

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