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    Today I went and picked a LOT of polk sallet..Just curious who all has tried it and ..Love it or hate it???

  • #2
    I Have Not, But Dad Said They Ate Alot Of It As A Kid And He Loved It.

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    • #3
      What the heck is it???

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      • #4
        is that the same as polk salad??? if it is, my family used to eat it, but I have never tried it. Didn't Elvis sing a song about that stuff????
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        • #5
          Googled and found this.

          The pokeweeds, also known as poke, pokebush, pokeberry, pokeroot, polk salad, polk sallet, inkberry or ombú, comprise the genus Phytolacca, perennial plants native to North America, South America, East Asia and New Zealand. Pokeweed contains phytolaccatoxin and phytolaccigenin, which are poisonous to mammals. However, the berries are eaten by birds, which are not affected by the toxin because the small seeds with very hard outer shells remain intact in the digestive system and are eliminated whole.

          Pokeweeds are herbs growing from 1 to 10 ft. tall. They have single alternate leaves, pointed at the end, with crinkled edges. The stems are often pink or red. The flowers are greenish-white, in long clusters at the ends of the stems. They develop into dark purple berries.

          Phytolacca dioica, the ombú, grows as a tree on the pampas of South America and is one of the few providers of shade on the open grassland. It is a symbol of Argentina and gaucho culture.

          Young pokeweed leaves can be boiled three times to reduce the toxin, discarding the water after each boiling. The result is known as poke salit, or poke salad, and is occasionally available commercially.[1] Many authorities advise against eating pokeweed even after thrice boiling, as traces of the toxin may still remain. For many decades, poke salad has been a staple of southern U.S. cuisine, despite campaigns by doctors who believed pokeweed remained toxic even after being boiled. The lingering cultural significance of Poke salad can be found in the 1969 hit song "Polk Salad Annie," written and performed by Tony Joe White, and famously covered by Elvis Presley and the El Orbits. Pokeberry juice is added to other juices for jelly by those who believe it can relieve the pain of arthritis.



          A garden cultivar of P. americana with large fruitPokeweed is used as a folk remedy to treat many ailments. It can be applied topically or taken internally. Topical treatments have been used for acne and other ailments. Internal treatments include tonsilitis, swollen glands and weight loss. Grated pokeroot was used by Native Americans as a poultice to treat inflammations and rashes of the breast.

          Pokeweed berries yield a red ink or dye, which was once used by Native Americans to decorate their horses. The United States Declaration of Independence was written in fermented pokeberry juice (hence the common name 'inkberry'). Many letters written home during the American Civil War were written in pokeberry ink; the writing in these surviving letters appears brown. The red juice has also been used to symbolize blood, as in the anti-slavery protest of Benjamin Lay. A rich brown dye can be made by soaking fabrics in fermenting berries in a hollowed-out pumpkin.

          Some pokeweeds are also grown as ornamental plants, mainly for their attractive berries; a number of cultivars have been selected for larger fruit panicles.

          Pokeweeds are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Giant Leopard Moth.

          Toxic Principle Saponins, believed to be the primary toxic constituents, are present in the berry juice and other parts. Other toxic constituents have also been identified including the alkaloid phytolaccine (in small amounts) and the alkaloid phytolaccotoxin, as well as a glycoprotein. When pokeweed is used as food, the water in which it is boiled must be discarded.

          Clinical signs

          In humans:
          The eating of nonfatal quantities of poke, perhaps of the shoots, may cause retching or vomiting after two hours or more. These signs may be followed by dyspnea, perspiration, spasms, severe purging, prostration, tremors, watery diarrhea (often bloody) and, sometimes, convulsions. If a fatal quantity is eaten, perhaps including roots, the above signs are followed by paralysis of the respiratory organs and other narcotic effects, culminating in the death of the poisoned person.

          In horses:
          Colic, diarrhea, respiratory failure.

          In swine:
          Unsteadiness, inability to rise, wretching. Jerking movements of the legs. Subnormal temperature.

          In cattle:
          Same general signs plus a decrease in milk production

          THERE Now wasn't that more Information than you ever wanted on it!!! hehe

          Huffle
          God grant me the serenity to accept the yarn I cannot return... courage to change the yarn I can... and the reciept to know the difference.

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          • #6
            I didn't read what huffle wrote, but around here we spell it Poke Salad. Looks kinda like dandilion greens if I remember right. If I'd just read the above post, I'd probably know for sure huh? lol

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            • #7
              Even after reading what Huffle wrote, I still don't have a clear picture of what it is.. Is it a berry or a green? How does one eat it in a recipe?

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              • #8
                here people cook it like turnip greens
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                • #9
                  it is a green and we only used the young tender leaves. the toxins are bad when it grows tall. It used to grow along where my driveway is now, I had a neighbor who would come and pick it. My late MIL after boiling it three times drained it and would scramble it up with egg and green onions in bacon grease. It was pretty tasty.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks Luv and Kayce, now I have a better picture of it.. And I must say, it sounds pretty tasty.

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                    • #11
                      Well, I cooked it tonight and it was very good! We have a festival in our town next week and they call it Polk Sallet..but some do spell it salad, makes no differerence to me..taste just the same.. I went in the woods looking for dryland fish but I think I was to late so I settled for the poke..

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                      • #12
                        what are dryland fish?????
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                        • #13
                          A fungus..lol....It is a mushroom that pops up around the first or second week in April after a warm rain. It's only around for a couple of weeks..It has several different names too. You soak it in salt water and then roll it in meal (or flour) and fry it. I haven't had any in YEARS but from what I remember they are delicious! but they shore are ugly..

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                          • #14
                            Berry......there is (was) an annual Poke Sallet Festival at a small town near where we live...a tiny rural town where poke grows wild in yards and fields and ditches. A few years ago the main speaker at the event was a health food specialist, a man who had written a book on the value of poke sallet, how healthful it was, how eating it would contribute to long life. However, during his speech on the town square, the man suddenly grabbed his chest and fell over dead right there in front of his audience. True story, so help me!! I don't think they have the festival any more.

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                            • #15
                              Wow! Well I know that you DO have to be careful with the way you prepare it...Sounds like someone didn't know what they were doing..so sad.. I took pictures of it after I cooked it but having a little trouble posting it..

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