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#3248316 - 07/28/12 09:26 PM Poke Berries
Dave Plueger Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 2480
Loc: Iowa (where the tall corn grow...
Are poke berries edible? They look so good!

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#3248510 - 07/28/12 11:53 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5850
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
i don't think so. Birds do eat them though.

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#3252398 - 07/31/12 09:15 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
Dave Plueger Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 2480
Loc: Iowa (where the tall corn grow...
Thanks Don......Anyone else know?

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#3252423 - 07/31/12 09:21 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
bic Offline
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Registered: 01/15/08
Posts: 6518
Loc: Central Pa. 54
I was always told they were poisonous. I never pressed my luck for first hand knowledge though!
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#3252485 - 07/31/12 09:45 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
pick65 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 23
Loc: PA
FOr all, see below, enjoy

Pokeweed. This is also known by other names including poke, poke berry and pokebush. Although birds can digest pokeweed, the berries are poisonous to humans. The berries are dark purple, while the flowers of pokeweed are greenish-white.

Pick65

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#3253847 - 08/01/12 06:56 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
jeremy brua Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 297
Loc: Volant Pa.
I thought you could make jelly out of it. The cooking breaks dow the poison. But I could be wrong and usualy am.
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#3254676 - 08/02/12 10:27 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
pcr2 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 143
Loc: potter co. p.a.
i've messed with alot of it and never even like to touch the berries.have always been told they are really poisonous.we grow in giant manure piles and harvest with a skid steer,some roots grow quickly to 30 to 40 pounds this way.always thought it would make a great trap dye the way it turns everything purple.
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#3258556 - 08/04/12 11:22 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
sodapop Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3
Loc: eagletown Oklahoma
Heard that two a day would hold off those crosseyed neckbreaking migraines I get but I'm leery even thoughthe old lady was way older than me. Gets bad enough I will try em out
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#3258810 - 08/05/12 09:03 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
gryhkl Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 607
Loc: PA
I dug up a couple a week our so ago and was veryu surprised to see how big they are.
I've always been told, and have read, that the berries are poison to humans, but you can eat the young plants when they first come up. I'll stay away from eating any part of them.

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#3259107 - 08/05/12 01:20 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5850
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
The young plants taste great ,especially when you fix it with eggs. We always call it green eggs.


Edited by don Wolf (08/05/12 01:21 PM)

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#3259244 - 08/05/12 03:13 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: jeremy brua]
jeremy brua Offline
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Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 297
Loc: Volant Pa.
Originally Posted By: jeremy brua
I thought you could make jelly out of it. The cooking breaks dow the poison. But I could be wrong and usualy am.


Nope! I was thinking of somthing else. the roots and berries are poisonous.
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#3259288 - 08/05/12 03:52 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5850
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
You could make coon bait out of them. coon must eat the darn things because I have caught and bought lots of coons that have a stain inside their belly that looks identical to poke berries.

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#3272249 - 08/13/12 08:38 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: don Wolf]
Karl Offline
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Registered: 06/29/08
Posts: 144
Loc: Pa,Ny
any market for the roots?
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#3272727 - 08/14/12 06:51 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1808
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
yepper karl, dried root sells for 50-75 cents per pound.
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#3272731 - 08/14/12 06:54 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1808
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
there used to be a market for poke berries,,,not sure what happened to it.

i'd go grab a bunch of 5 gallon bucket fulls.......then sit at night picking them off as listened to the radio. i'd put them in an old dehydrator lined with wax paper.
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#3272747 - 08/14/12 07:09 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
Scout 1 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 41
Loc: Henderson County. NC
Bear eat them, August-september you can find where they've tore patches of the poke berries up.

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#3274222 - 08/14/12 10:19 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Scout 1]
Karl Offline
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Registered: 06/29/08
Posts: 144
Loc: Pa,Ny
Where would I sell the roots?
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#3279773 - 08/18/12 11:11 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
Captain Caveman Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Georgia
I've always been told that the berries are poison but, I've also seen many children eat them. The only side effect I've noticed was stained lips, and purple little hands. I'm not so certain they are poisonous or not? It's a shame they can't be used for something, they are actually very pretty little berries!
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#3286528 - 08/22/12 08:31 PM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1808
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
kinda strange that we were discussing this........my buyer called me this evening,,,needs a special order of poke berries............not a big one though....just 10lbs.


i hadn't sold any in years.
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#3378505 - 10/20/12 08:34 AM Re: Poke Berries [Re: Dave Plueger]
HerbWise Offline
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Registered: 10/16/12
Posts: 11
Loc: Ohio
Poke berry flesh isn't toxic but the seeds inside the berries are. People usually don't have bad side effects from swallowing a berry, but all parts of poke plant should be considered toxic, esp. leaves stems and roots. I've heard of pokeberry jam, never made it or seen it around though...but seeds are always strained out and never crushed. There is an old folk remedy for rheumatic complaints that uses poke berries, it goes like this:

When the berries are ripe, begin regimen:

Day one, swallow one berry whole. (This prevents the accidental tooth crushing of seeds)
Day two, swallow two berries whole.
Day three, swallow three berries whole.
Day four, swallow four berries whole.
Continue in this manner up to day nine with nine berries, and on day ten begin decreasing by one berry a day, so,
Day ten, swallow 8 berries whole
Day eleven, swallow 7 berries whole
...Continue until you get down to zero berries and that's it. I've heard tell that rheumatic complaints will disappear for a long time following this.

Never tried it, this is just as how it has been handed down to me from folk herbalists with decades of experience.

You can make poke berry water by putting a little cluster of berries in a glass jar of water in a sunny window and let steep until the water turns pink, drink a scant 1/4 c 1-2 times a day to clear out a cold or something that has been "poking" around in your system for awhile. I have tried that, works nice.

Greens are edible in spring but only when shorter than 8" high, if red starting to show despite under 8" the toxins are too high. After collecting spring greens they must be boiled in three separate changes of clean water before sauteing....delicious sauteed with some bacon fat. In the south some towns will have poke greens festivals in the spring.

Root is a powerful lymphatic, drying removes some bit of the caustic nature, should only be administered by a qualified practitioner in small doses.

-HerbWiseWife


Edited by HerbWise (10/20/12 08:42 AM)

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