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by Roy Conley
on June 25, 2019 at 7:01 PM
I am 67 and have ate Poke Salad front I was a small child. My parents believed that needed to be pear boiled and then they would cook it scrambled with eggs. In contrast I found it growing in St Louis in Forest Park with a very heavy leaf mulch. I actually use an asparagus knife and cut Spears 6 to 8 in tall and cook them exactly like asparagus. They were wonderful. An addition I have taken young plants with very young leaves and put them in tall salads again with no problem. I routinely cut the plants back in the summer to promote new growth. This new growth I have never pear boiled and I have never had an issue. The first time I generally eat it in the spring it does act like a laxative. After that no issue. I am now growing it in pots in Alaska.
by Rex Newam
on June 7, 2020 at 8:57 AM
to @RonConley -- Ron, these are toxic. You will die.
Reply by Brad Hanson
on June 9, 2020 at 11:38 AM
Rex - probably a bit overstated and not correct.  
 
General info from "Weeds of California and other Western States"  
 
"In the rural South, specially prepared young shoots are often consumed as a vegetable, and cooked berries with the seeds removed are used in pies. However, all plant parts, especially the root, contain numerous saponins and oxalates and can be fatally toxic to humans and livestock when ingested raw or with improper preparation. Severe digestive tract irritation is the primary symptom."  
 
- Brad
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by Trish Sommers
on May 7, 2021 at 7:41 PM
My parents were from the country in east Tennessee and grew up eating "poke salad". They later relocated to a city in a different state but my mom continued to fix it. In fact, it was the only green vegetable that everyone in the family enjoyed. I come from a long line of poke sallet eaters that all live to a ripe old age and my children have also grown up eating it. Although I have lived in the city my whole life, I consistently cultivate a small crop in my yard every year. I learned to prepare it from my mother, who learned it from her mother-in-law. We have never boiled it like most people I've read about. Instead we take the young, tender leaves and soak them in water. Then we tear them into pieces, dip them in flour and fry them in canola oil until they are crunchy (like you do with fried okra or squash). I like to pour a little vinegar on mine but it's also delicious without it. My husband, also a city boy, loves it as much as I do. Although I am not doubting the toxicity of the plant, none of us have ever experienced any of the effects.
by George Kelly Wages
on May 22, 2021 at 5:32 AM
I have never eaten Poke weed as I have a hugh garden with many domestic greens.I live in rural Arkansas and poke weed grows everywhere here. I have of course research poke weed and have always planned to try it. But never took the time to harvest and prepare any. But I just may do so this spring as It all over my property
 
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