pokeweed seeds in house

I do want to dispose of it carefully. He will eat a berry or two for gout, and he swears by it.

I am confused. Love the article! Serve hot w/ cornbread, beans, fried potatoes! Deane I totally ndertand your cautionary advice. But will certainly be placing some traps in and around the building. He replied that he had the gout in his foot and the doctor told him he nothing more to offer, so he would just have to live with it. Typically, you have to dig up to 12

i totally trust what you say. We have several postings in our archive that are similar, and while we have always suspected that this is the result of a rodent, like a mouse, stashing away seeds indoors, we eventually identified the actual seeds as Pokeweed Seeds. I wonder if salting the water would affect the leaching out of poisons? Call 911 or seek emergency care if you experience vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, or irregular heart rate or breathing after eating or coming into contact with pokeweed. To naturally get rid of pokeweed from your garden, you shouldn’t just throw it away after pulling out from the soil. We let it soak in warm water for 20 minutes or so then fried it. The word “poke” comes from the Virginia Algonquian (Indian) word “pakon” or “pucone” first recorded in 1708. But for growing pokeweed from seeds, collect the berries and crush them.

That said, I know a southerner who not only picks red-stemmed shoots but boils them only once. Can the crusts of sulfuric acid on my car battery be used too, and if so, any idea on how I should prepare them? The whole family ate the tall stalk leaves until june.

It seems most of the pokeweed coming up has some red in the stems. Try stripping the thin red membranes off poke stalk slice roll in corn meal salt pepper to taste fry like okra! Verywell Health uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. I am 68 years old.. I’ve been eating poke all my life because it’s my favorite green leafy.. My folks always boiled 3 times with a bit of bacon and added vinegar at the table.. About 40 years ago I took exception to all that work and cut out the third boil.. Then I cut out the second boil.. Many of the purported benefits are attributed to a compound called pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP) which proponents believe not only improve the condition of the skin, but also prevent or treat viral infections ranging from herpes to HIV. That’s Poke Power.

I am looking at activated charcoal. I only ever boil them once then discard the water and everything was fine.

Apples for example are all over the map in terms of sweetness. I don’t recall parboiling them first, but any fritter or patty recipe & frying should work. This technique works best in light soil. Maybe not!! To be specific Tortoises? I live in East TN on a piece of never developed property. Hospital observation may be needed. We don’t eat the shoots; we eat only the leaves; I strip center vein from large leaves, otherwise they don’t cook down well and are a little tough. I use poke weed anywhere I can find it. The thing is if he would actually eat the raw leaves himself. We cooked it and served it like other greens and occasionally Mother would cook it and then scramble it with eggs. Rule of thumb was only to not use the leaves with red stems. It tastes great. The leaves held up better. We named our second son George . I have never heard of anyone getting sick from the plant or berries. Seeing a berry-laden bush in autumn and realizing that each individual berry is packed with tiny seeds fills one with awe and amazement at the prodigality of Nature . put the pokeweed on a space away from the soil. When I got home I’d put them in the fridge to chill and firm up.

Americana means of America. I thought the berries looked strange and questionable. I rinsed and cut up some of my pickings that had the least pink-red coloration since some comments say to avoid the red stems. Here in Appalachia country, pokeweed is still used today as a “blood cleaner,” and prepared by cooking in hot grease – probably bacon.

My family enjoyed your Sarasota walkabout a year ago! I have even eaten the leaves raw a few times. Why don’t people just read the article? At MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. As I can get sued I keep my advice conservative. I will have to do research on retail powdered pokeweed like how it was make. I have gotten enough for a meal off of one plant. Poke simply happens to be new to me. When done she would pour a little vinagar in the pan.

As you can’t be sued and I can I err on the side of caution.

And do not handle raw poke weed if you have any cuts or abrasion on your hands. The cold weather just hit this last week but up until the first week of Jan 2016 it has been an unusually mild winter. i know one person on here said thumb size but i would like to know what you think. At the same time the seeds are at the mercy of the harsh action of powerful digestive juices containing strong acids and the scarifying process of peristalsis. These are used by home herbalists to make tinctures and salves but should be avoided by the consumer due to the high risk of toxicity. It is not to be eaten raw. Cook them the way you feel comfortable. I didn’t know what it was so I just let it continue to grow until I could ID-which I did a few days ago. That’s too brave for me but as of this writing she’s 70 and her husband 85 and they’ve been doing that every spring since they were kids in Kentucky. When I harvest poke in the spring, I use the shoots.. Poke needs only light blanching before packaging and storing in the freezer locker.

Merritt Fernald in Edible Plants of Eastern North America (1958 edition) writes young shoots need only to be boiled once. Same if you were making beer or bread, the yeast will release carbon dioxide. There are some good ways to get rid of this stubborn plant from your garden. Do you know poke seeds won’t sprout without this bird gut emulation? your skin.

Mix and cooked them. Holy Crimeny, have I seen different responses! My Dad told us kids fourty years ago that it cured cancer and was a blood tonic, he was born in 1909 and ate poke all his life. I grew up harvesting this delicious green in the early Spring, a tradition that I continue till today. Simply put the top of this plant into a container with 2-3% glyphosate herbicide.

I freeze the poke and beans in ziplock bag and enjoy all winter.

Question… when is the right time to collect seeds? Leaves were gathered into a bundle and dried for future use. Hot then cold diarrhea all day. My intention is to send them heavenward!

One would have to ignore a huge amount of differences to think they look alike starting with most blueberries grow no taller than your knee and poke weed can get seven or eight feet high. You crush the berries, strain out the seeds, and let the rest ferment for a couple of weeks.

One day, I was riding in my wheelchair (injured by an accident) down the street with a male companion. It usually grows in the U.S. hardiness zones 2 through 11. spade and use it to dig straight down.

I’ve used the berries to stain arrows and my fingers bright pink! Like to read more content, Join the Mother Earth News Community Today.

However, there is little in the way of current literature exploring pokeweed’s medicinal properties. But… @ mrhycannon are you saying you eat the newest leave of bigger plants? I asked him could he get some leaves of the plant for me to eat.

That is why you don’t handle it if you have cuts on your hands. So he might have some motives or he just might not be remembering all the information or never even learned it. The answer is definitely yes!

Till poke is tame as tomatoes, I won’t be eating it without multiple boilings, but then I stopped eating green potatoes, even though they never hurt me….

Long ago I used to cook poke weed in boiling water three times, 20 minutes each.

I don’t need advice about this but answer to my question above. The mature fruit are relatively small (4-6 mm across) and usually have eight slight lobes (i.e. Comments or questions about this site, or for permission to use photos and information, http://www.pitt.edu/~ccapubs/books/m011.html. So my question for you is- can I still eat the leaves and use the berries as dye or is the poke weed too large and should I cut it down or dig it up.

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