There are poke salad festivals held annually in many places.
To some folks I'm only a weed,
To others a delicacy on which to feed.
Poison I am if not prepared well,
I can make you sicker than Hell.
I go by many names,
Poke, pokebush, polk salad, inkberry or ombú,
What you call it is up to you.
On an historical note,
Looking back through the years.
Civil War letters sent home,
With my ink and falling tears were written,
Stories of war and lovers smitten.
United States Declaration of Independence,
Was written with fermented pokeberry juice, for instance.
Tales of me come from many souces,
Native Americans even used my ink,
To decorate their beautiful horses.
(c)2008 Walt Hardester
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|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|Walt, I was immediately reminded of the popular song, "Poke Salad Annie", from many years ago -- I can also attest to the fact that birds that have feasted on pokeberries are formidable enemies to your automobile paint -- peace my friend -- JMW|
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|Poke salad makes an excellent dish of tasty greens, but you must pick the young ones and boil it bout 4 or 5 times. The older Poke salad can kill ya dead.
Black folks go nuts for Poke salad round these parts.
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
|didn't Barry Joe White sing about Poke salda
back in the 60's, about all the po folks had to eat????
while the good old boys wrestling alligators....... lol
Great informative write Walt
peace be with you
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Walt, should you go and tell my brother Jersey Ed about WEED???! ! ! now we are not going to hear the end of it!
Ed the Elder
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|I have never heard of pokeweed until now a lesson learned. Thank you for sharing Walt.
Newfie hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|never liked the stuff much when i lived in the south--thanks to this writ, i have a new appreciation for it--thanks!|
|Reviewed by Southern Comfort
|Is Pokweed a poor man's viaggie? HUGS! Sissy|
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I recall a song called Poke Salad Annie that I liked a great deal and if it is a "weed", can it be smoked...? ;-) ed|
|Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines
|I am told that the correct name is "poke salat" and my "introduction to The South" was having some of its leaves prepared (long process) for me to eat. I ate it, having more pride than common sense. It tasted like bitter spinach (sorta). After consuming it, I spent the following day waiting for symptoms resembling death :-)
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|I've heard of pokeweed, but have never tried it. Sounds kind of like elderberries. Not many have heard of them, either, and they're delicious! Well done, Walt, welcome back, I've missed you!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by D Johnson
|I'm glad I read this, I had never heard of "Pokeweed" until you wrote about it. Nice work.