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Poke Sallit
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Bev    Posted 09-06-2003 at 17:06:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never heard of poke sallit. Could someone please tell me what it is? It wounds like an interesting recipe. Thank you


Mudcat49    Posted 09-07-2003 at 06:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are now using the big purple berries of the polk plant in medicine for Aids.


Bill (Va)    Posted 09-07-2003 at 06:15:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Bev
Poke plant is poisionus! If prepared correctly it won't kill ya! Search the web, lot of info about this plant offered on state extension service sites. I don't care how many times Grandma cooked up a bunch, use caution.


Spence    Posted 09-07-2003 at 06:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Old Cajun.

The French settling in Lousiana after being
housted out of Canada by the english brought with them their own favorite foods and recipes.

One is their all time favorite and staple,
Porc Sale (pronounced Pore Sal-hay, there's an accent over the e but I can't remember the ascii
keyboard code for it). The name means Salted Porc.
This is how they preserved their meat in those days which was only supposed to last for a few weeks, but in the Canadian winters they stretched it for months. Needless to say, when they neared the end of the barrel, as this is where it was
pickled, the meat wasn't the best tasting Country Ham we are used to at the super market. So eating this Poke Sallit wasn't for it's
gourmet flavor but for survival in those days.


Bev    Posted 09-06-2003 at 21:55:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, Alex, Ron and LH, I am certainly glad I asked about poke sallit. You are a very entertaining lot although I'm not sure yet that I know what poke sallit is.

Here in Canada we prefer to pat and spin our sallit and the odd person tosses theirs but I think it's wiser to eat the thing if you're going to go to all the trouble of making it.

I have to say that I am no connoisseur of edible wild plants. I've had boiled lamb's quarters and dandelion greens in a sallit but not much else. The dandelion greens were bitter and the lamb didn't appreciate me at all.

Oh, I did have cattails once and they were delicious. A friend boiled them (very young cattails) in an upright asparagus pot and served them with butter sauce.

My brothers, sister and I used to go to the bush when we were kids and eat wild leaks but we smelled so bad from them that Mom wouldn't let us in the house when we cam home. Are they the same as wild onions? I've probably started a whole new novel with that.

Anyway, that's about as wild as my food's ever gotten.

I don't think we have possum berries in Canada but we do have possum in Eastern Canada. They were introduced by some misguided environmentalist who didn't bother to determine whether or not there was a natural preditor for them. There is not so now the east is rapidly becoming overrun by the critters. We do have buffalo berries and buffalo beans here in the west but I've never heard of anyone eating them. Maybe if we boiled them a very long time............

I do like spinach so maybe if I find some sallit poking around I'll try it.



YOUSER!!!!!!!    Posted 09-06-2003 at 19:27:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bev,

Yep, old time family favorite recipe, this is an original secret recipe, handed down from ancestors, who would come back H@LL to haunt me if you lets this recipe get out.

1. firsts ya gots ta have a ""Poke Sac"" (if you don't have one, a gunnysack, flour sack or pillow case will do until you can get one.)

2. ya's go out back ta da far field an' walk the edge of da field. There ya select ya greens an' ya "poke" dem greens in da ""Poke Sac"".

3. When ya sac is full, ya heds home!

4. At da house, What greens come out da ""poke Sac"" Ya makes yer ""poke sallit"" out of.

5. uuuuhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm MMMMMMMM ITS GOOOT,,


There are some wild plants that are edible and actively sought by people who enjoy the provisions provided in nature.

Just as some people are allergic to some plant foods i.e. peanuts, strawberries, pineapple, there will be people who can not eat everything in the wild, just because I eat it.

There are some wild plants that will kill you really quick, and some will take there sweet time about it, others will just make you ill, and some will provide a mind altering state.

Some are perfectly safe and delicious only at certain stages of maturity, or by they way of preparing them.

AHHHHHH, but then again some provide a delicious, nutritious dinning delight.

Always be sure of your identification, utilize more than one field guide as reference when identifying wild plants, due to seasonal, regional, climatic variations, different books may present different key identifying characteristics. Know your dinner!!!!

I would suggest you take along a couple of field guides, see earlier discussion on Toadstools. I have a few favorites;

"Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast" by Pojar & Mackinnon

Dang my library has been pilfered. I can not find my other books, loaned them out.... that bothers me. I hate to lose good books.

Euell Gibbons was very popular in the late 60's and early 70's, several of his book may still be available.

John Brown was popular in the mid 70's

There are edible wild plant books. HHHMMM That did not sound correct. aahhh, There are regional field guides on ""Edible Wild Plants"" Check out your local library.

Due to regional and colloquial names for plants and mushrooms, I prefer to utilize the scientific binomial nomenclature, Greek Latin names when describing them.

What I eat and refer to as "cattail" you would probably readily recognize as a common marsh plant, frequently seen with a redwing black bird roosting or nesting in it. But if I said "Typha latifolia" you'll have to look it up, then realize, it is just a cattail (and tasty too!). But we would both know what I was talking about.

However if I said "wild onion for dinner tonight", or used the term "camas" or "camas root" would you know what I was referring to?

More importantly, would you dine with me?

Now, if you were to ask me to dine and said "wild onion for dinner tonight" or used the term "camas" or "camas root". I'd probably hem and haw and ask, "what color of pretty flower did this delectable delight have growing on it?"

Now for anyone, who gets the heebie-jeebies or the willies at the mere mention of eating wild mushrooms, this is a very important question!

Maybe I should have said ""Camassia quamash or is it Zygadenus venenosus for dinner tonight?""

I would be willing to bet $$$ if I ask ""Common camas or Death camas"" people would perk up!!

Were they Blue, or were they Cream colored?

Inquiring minds want to know!!!!


Another factor to keep in mind, just as you would not eat a spoiled rutabaga or cantaloupe, you would not want to eat rotten fruits of the wild. Also be aware that you would not spray your garden then collect veggies for dinner, be aware of power line, roads and trails that may have been sprayed.


I hope I do not discourage anyone from enjoying the great outdoors.

Even if you do not dine on the outdoor menu, I encourage people to take field guides with them.

Have fun, be safe and know your dinner!!!

Alex

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Good Lord    Posted 09-06-2003 at 22:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
HHHMMMM....
Maybe you should lay off the Cannabis.
I think I'll stick with the stuff from the garden, thank you very much!
Paul.


Bev    Posted 09-06-2003 at 22:30:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
After hearing all of this, plain old salad from the frig is a little boring don't you think?


Ron,Ar    Posted 09-06-2003 at 19:44:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I gotta agree with LH on this. It is Poke Salad. Made from a plant by that name. Has green berries that turn purple. You are supposed to boil "the poison" out of it by boiling it several times then squeezing the water out of it and then frying it. Usually with something like scrambled eggs or squirrel brains to give it flavor. You can also freeze it and eat it later in the winter when there are no fresh greens. I NEVER touch it myself but my wife eats it every chance she gets. I don't eat anything that you have to "boil the poison out" or add something to it for flavor.
BTW Youser, you are not related to Euell Gibbons are you?


LH    Posted 09-06-2003 at 19:07:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's "POKE SALAD" made with leaves of the poke plant. Or possum berries as we call em hear. Never had it but I hear its comparable to spinach


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