Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a controversial but medicinal and sometimes edible plant, depending on how correctly it is prepared. This plant can be VERY poisonous and shows up often where people don’t want it to grow, BUT, it has every right to be in north america, as the species name indicates. It IS a native plant!
In this quick video I show you one of the easiest ways to prepare it, ***with the caviat that for food, you MUST pick the young shoots only, that are under 12 inches tall and only take those shoots which have no reddening on the stem. This means that poke is only able to be harvested for food for a small window of time.
And remember, all wild foods, always be careful when trying any wild food, eat a small amount first to make sure you have a. prepared it correctly, and b. that you wont get a unique allergic reaction.
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