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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• 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.