Poke salad

@1creekgirl (10351)
United States
October 1, 2015 12:02am CST
Have you ever eaten poke (or is it polk?) salad? My husband grew up in the country in Arkansas and his mama cooked it sometimes. One time she asked me if I wanted some poke salad and I told her kindly that thanks, but no thanks, I don't eat anything that grows in a ditch. Glad she laughed.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
10 Oct 15
As others have stated, it is a green that grows wild and, from what I've read, was a staple in the poorer households of the deep south for many years. I've never tried it. It's official name is American pokeweed, and if the leaves and stems are cooked properly, it's not toxic. The Appalachian method involved boiling the poke with fatback, which we know as salt pork.
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@1creekgirl (10351)
• United States
10 Oct 15
Thanks for the info!
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
10 Oct 15
@1creekgirl My pleasure. I love food culture, so I just automatically looked it up. Interesting stuff.
@marlina (73881)
• Canada
7 Oct 15
I have no clue what a poke salad is.
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@1creekgirl (10351)
• United States
7 Oct 15
It's a green of some kind that grows wild, sometimes in a ditch. I don't plan to eat any if I can help it.
• United States
2 Oct 15
Definitely not something that's on my culinary list of things to try. I didn't even know what it was until I read @owlwings response
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@1creekgirl (10351)
• United States
19 Oct 15
Owlwings had lots of good information. I still don't want to eat it, even if it is cooked correctly!
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Oct 15
I have heard of it, and of course it was made famous in the song, but I haven't ever had even one tiny tingly urge to eat it.
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@1creekgirl (10351)
• United States
19 Oct 15
Know what ya mean! I don't do collards, either. Maybe I'm not really a Southerner after all
@bunnybon7 (36548)
• Holiday, Florida
1 Oct 15
i thought we had picked it other places also. it was really good when grandma made it.
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@1creekgirl (10351)
• United States
19 Oct 15
Hopefully it wasn't picked in a ditch! I guess if it's prepared right, maybe it would taste OK.