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Poke
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bill b va    Posted 05-04-2001 at 19:40:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]

anybody on here eat poke besides me? bill b va


Charles    Posted 05-08-2001 at 02:06:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just returned from the fields with a fresh mess of
poke. Thinking how could I post a follow up to
this post
with out offending any one. I?ve been eating Poke
Salad for over 60 years and in the last 2 decades
since
having a freezer I have it year around. When as
child back in the 30?s, if we ran out of pop corn
and peanuts
in the spring before poke weed came up we nearly
starved. Every year about this time I hear sounded
all the
warnings about how it must be cooked and how many
times it must be boiled and how poison it is.
This is
how I prepare it most of the time and enjoy it. I
use ?waterless? stainless steal cook ware. I wash
the greens
some times in salt water if I think there may be
insects on it. then I put it in a large pot with
no extra water,
only the rinse water left on the greens. Then I
cook it on low heat for an hour or so never
letting it boil, then
I serve them sometimes with boiled eggs. When we
have some left over we scramble with eggs for
breakfast. I like to drink the pot liquor as it
contains so much of the vitamins and minerals from
this
wonderful natural food. The food charts I?ve seen
rate it the top of the list in vitamin A. That's
above
dandelion greens, turnip greens and carrots. I
also some times cut up the stalk and batter it in
corn meal and
fry it in oil. After reading a book ?Let?s Cook
It Right To Keep Fit? I quit cooking food in lots
of water and
pouring the healthy part down the drain. Now I?m
not telling you to eat Poke this way. I wouldn't
even tell
you to eat peanuts. I understand people die from
eating anything with peanuts in it.

Charles- n-TN


IHank    Posted 05-05-2001 at 22:47:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill & All- You got me. My patience is gone as to waiting for comprehension. Somebody please explain what this "poke" stuff is!

Is is like our "ditch weed", that some people smoke and use the leaves in various ways?

Is it like "ghat", that some people chew?

Is it like dandelion greens, or mustard greens, or wild spinach, that people fix up into salads and eat when they're in season?

What is the botanical name for poke?

Somebody, please save my cat's life with some answers! Grins, IHank


bill b va    Posted 05-06-2001 at 04:35:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]

the botanical name for polk weed is phytolacca americana . the berrys and roots are poisonous .i read a few years ago where some of them yuppies that were educated above their inteligence left some roots on and got sick . i like to pick mine when it is about like asparagras but with a few developed leaves ..... to cook i par boil it in salt water until tender, pour off the water and add aged salt cured side meat that i have cooked seperately by frying slightly and then boiling until tender.


Tim W    Posted 05-06-2001 at 03:13:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hank, I don't have any idea what the botanical name is for poke is, but it is a perrenial plant, grows up to 5 or 6 feet tall on a hollow stalk and has purple berries on it. DON'T eat the berries.
The young tender leafs were used by the early settlers as a Spring green, but should be cooked in two changes of water. The berries can be used as a purple dye. Someone posted that it sounded like a lot of trouble, but less effort than digging sassafras roots for tea or wading through blackberry bushes and chiggers to get a few berries for a cobbler. I usually fix one "mess" a year just to not forget another ritual that I learned as a kid.
A grin back to you,
Tim


bill b va    Posted 05-06-2001 at 06:12:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

tim.... your statement about poke berrys being used for dye reminds me of the saying around here about women wearing too much lipstick ...your mouth looks like a hen's a$$ in poke berry season......bill b va


COWBOY JOE (radio appellation)    Posted 05-05-2001 at 07:27:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I sincerely hope that no one eats a POKE. Out West poke is a nickname for cowboy. At the University of Wyoming their sports team name is the cowboys or pokes. Like I said before, I think it would be inappropriate for anyone to eat a poke, dead or alive. Any comments? P.S. I thought I would add a little spice (and humor) to this bored (board).


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-05-2001 at 15:21:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know ONE cowboy I could eat with a spoon! (G.S.), heehee.........


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-05-2001 at 19:47:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hey Dreamweaver - Please be specific; name the name.


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 04:14:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
GEORGE STRAIT! WHO ELSE?????????????????????


bill b va    Posted 05-05-2001 at 12:10:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]

for the benefit of yuppie media types which i hold in the same esteem as politicians , lawyers and bureacrats i should have specified poke weed . if the shoe fits wear it . bill b va


magpie    Posted 05-05-2001 at 21:15:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry Bill Wasnt trying to offend you , just an example of my sick humor.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-05-2001 at 19:44:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Okay Bill. I forgive you. However, I don't consider myself a Yuppie media type. Poke weed???


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 04:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cowboy Joe - I have a question. Says you won the Western Wrangler Something or Other Award, similar to the Oscar. Are you tellin me that YOUR behind looks better in Wranglers than George's? I'VE GOT TO SEE THIS! BTW - how about spinnin True from Dreamweaver to Hank for me, will ya? And tell George if you see him, that if he ever needs another farm hand, I'm available. Thanks..........


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 04:45:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Cowboy Joe - I have a question. Says you won the Western Wrangler Something or Other Award, similar to the Oscar. Are you tellin me that YOUR behind looks better in Wranglers than George's? I'VE GOT TO SEE THIS! BTW - how about spinnin True from Dreamweaver to Hank for me, will ya? And tell George if you see him, that if he ever needs another farm hand, I'm available. Thanks..........


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-06-2001 at 05:55:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Dreamweaver - George Strait's roots were in authentic western swing, the kind that Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys originated and played. I used to look forward to his earlier releases which featured at least some western swing. Now from what I understand he plays mostly honky-tonk which is okay, but not my favorite. By the way, there is a difference between Country music and Western. My real love is Western - which includes western swing and cowboy music. I've got some interesting links on my web site related to ws and cowboy music/poetry, etc.


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-06-2001 at 06:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree Cowboy Joe, and I know Western Swing from Country. I've check out your website and it is wonderful! Probably is the best thing I've read to date posted on here (of course, it is my interest). I suppose besides George, my fav music is Kentucky Bluegrass. I've picked up a little Banjo, and just horsing around about blowing the jug and such. I've never been out West, but I would love to one day. But unless you've been through the mountains of NC/TN, you have not lived! Ain't it great that we have such a beautiful country, filled from one end to the other with such diversity of nature? The beautiful majestic Rockies, the rolling hills of bluegrass country, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific, and everything in between? And no Yankeefarmer and Nils, I ain't about to leave out Canada or Denmark. Let's face it, whether it is Bluebirds barren beauty of New Mexico or a Wisconsin snow drift or a lean-to shack on the side of a mountain along the Blue Ridge Parkway or the spooky abandon of a strip mine up a mountainside in West Virginia, this is a beautiful world we live in.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 05-06-2001 at 06:34:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Dreamweaver - You have a beautiful way with words, just like poetry. Cheers!


magpie    Posted 05-05-2001 at 08:51:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
My parents refer to a paper sack as a poke and also a gunney sack as a poke, hence the saying "pig in a poke".


hay    Posted 05-05-2001 at 05:21:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
just wondering about how do you prepare it? my uncle told me he heard from someone long ago that the poke has to boiled in three changes of water. seems to me that is a lot to do just for some wild greens. there is a lot of poke growing around here in east texas, but i never had the courage to explore the proper way to prepare it and if i did i doubt my family would try it anyway. any information would be helpful as i heard a lot of folks used to eat it regulary in the the spring.


Tim W    Posted 05-05-2001 at 13:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess you have to know from the conversation what context to use to refer to "poke".
We use the the young tender leaves, not over 6" long and use two changes of water.
In the older, larger leaves, it can be mildly toxic to certain people. When I was growing for the Farmers Market, I would have requests for poke, but never sold any 'cause I had no way of knowing if some yuppie would try to eat it raw and get sick. ( Hey Burrhead, maybe I missed an oppurtunity :)

Tim


Mudcat49    Posted 05-05-2001 at 04:52:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Something interstring about the poke weed. The berrys that it makes are being used in drugs for aids treatment.


Tim W    Posted 05-05-2001 at 03:42:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, got to have some "polk sallet" every spring to keep the system in good shape.
Tim (KY)


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-05-2001 at 04:11:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Poke sallit is delicious and very nutritious! My Western NC buddy has it growing wild in some of his fields, so I usually make a treck up there and pick a "mess." I believe Granny Clampett still eats it too, heehee.........


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