Edible Mountain - How To Safely Eat Pokeweed Shoots
Pokeweed has been eaten in Appalachia for generations. Many West Virginians have fond memories of their grandmother heaping piles on their plate of this delicious cooked green, which is often compared to asparagus in taste.
But it's poisonous and deadly when eaten raw. Learn the safe way to collect and prepare pokeweed shoots from naturalist Bill Beaty.
Poke comes from the Algonqin word meaning "blood," referring to the purplish stem and berries of the plant. The berries also are extremely poisonous and should never be eaten.
Please collect pokeweed shoots with caution. If you're unsure of what you're doing, find an expert to collect and cook pokeweed shoots with you.
Edible Mountain is a bite-sized, digital series from WVPB that showcases some of Appalachia’s overlooked and underappreciated products of the forest while highlighting their mostly forgotten uses.
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