Vegetables and Fruit forum: Poke salet Annie?

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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Mar 18, 2016 9:23 AM CST
For those that might remember an Elvis recording. Anyhow the poke salet is up and ready, a favorite spring green for antique southerners. Not many of us left tho. In the upper south creasy salet (Upland Cress) was also a staple after survivng a winter eating canned, dried, and stored root vegetables. For those interested salet in the southern Appalachian dialect was used for any boiled green.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Mar 18, 2016 9:55 AM CST
I think I remember the Tony Joe White version. Do you have to take any precautions in cooking? Something is niggling at the back of my mind about it.
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Mar 18, 2016 11:08 AM CST
Most of us parboil for a few minutes, then drain and cook. It is moderately toxic especially the roots. In my youth I use to grub out the big roots dry them and sell them to the Chattanoga Medicine Company which made herbal medicines. I think they used it in laxatives. It is not a plant you want to eat raw. http://www.eattheweeds.com/can-be-deadly-but-oh-so-delicious... I only use the leaves and shoots from emerging plants. One old time remedy for rheumatism was to make a tincture of the berries in white lightning.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Mar 18, 2016 2:03 PM CST
Thanks for posting that link! Very interesting folklore. (And I think white lightning in itself is probably a good remedy for a lot of things. Hilarious! )
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 30, 2016 1:06 PM CST
I remember the song well, and I'm pretty sure it was the Tony Joe White version. Funny thing was, I also remember finding cans of Poke Salat at one of the local grocery stores around the time that song was popular. Heh, haven't seen it since.
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