Poke Berries….beautiful and toxic!

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Joanne Snyder
Joanne Snyder is a north state artist and retired high school math teacher.
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4 Responses

  1. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    My property and neighborhood have a pokeweed infestation. Half a decade ago I’d never seen one.

    There’s a dish from the South called “poke salad” (or “polk salad”). People gather pokeweed, boil and leach it three times to remove the toxins, and fry it with bacon and onions. I guess I could eat my way through my pokeweed infestation, but it seems like too much work when there’s kale and chard around.

    A Cajun musician, Tony Joe White, had a hit song in the late 60’s called “Polk Salad Annie.” Elvis covered it.


  2. Joanne, thanks for the photo, and the warning. I’d always wondered about those berries, and I confess that they looked edible. (Your photo and headline prompted me to look up poke berries. I learned animals can eat the berries without risk, but not so for humans. Good to know!)