Pokeweed 'Silberstein'

Dell Sherk dells@voicenet.com
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 13:12:23 PDT
I have harvested poke shoots to eat as a vegetable many times. It must be
thoroughly cooked in at least two changes of water, but is pretty good after
that, if one can get past the roof-of-the-mouth itchiness like what happens
with spinach and chard. I have also made pickles from the young shoots. But
one year I froze some batches of young shoots by blanching them first as one
often does with vegetables. Later, in haste, I cooked the frozen product
only till it was a little more than thawed. I found out what kind of poison
it is and could never eat it again. In herbal literature it is known as a
"cathartic," and, wow, is it ever! Read Euell Gibbons.
In all of my poke collecting, however, I did not suffer any skin irritation.
When I was a kid, we sometimes used the mature stalks as clubs and beat one
another over the head with them; hmm. 

OT, Dell

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