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Sunday, July 25, 2010

What is this?



They are all over the farmstead. Can anyone put a name to them? Could it be poke weed?

18 comments:

HermitJim said...

Sorry, my friend, but I have no idea! It is pretty though, in a strange way!

Phelan said...

I think it is a poke weed, but the leaves don't look right Jim. Thanks though. If it is poke weed, I get to try my hand at making some ink :)

small farm girl said...

Those ARE poke berries! We have them everywhere here too. Possums love them. lol

Anonymous said...

http://bbcblogger.thefrugallife.com/2006/08/poke-weed-berries-for-wildlife.html Shows almost an identical picture to yours and identify it as Poke Weed

Jan said...

Poke - and it will kill dogs that eat it. Found that out the hard way. I pull up/kill/burn every one I see now.

~Tonia said...

Its Poke weed when its almost mature. We have it all over here in Missouri.
In the spring you pick the young shoots and cook twice as in cook and pour off the water and refill and cook again. Eat it like other greens. My Pawpaw Loved it!
My goats ate some berries one year and I didnt know and freaked when they peed Pink!! Then I realized they had Purple on their mouths!!

Svetlana said...

Definitely, Poke Salad. You can eat it, but you have to pour off the water from the first boil. I've never eaten it, but I know people who like it. If prepared incorrectly it can be down right deadly.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's poke greens. I freeze it every year. I wash it through 2-3 waters, then cook until tinder, then freeze. When I take it out of the freezer, I fry it, then put eggs in it and stir together. ummmyyy, it's really good.

fullfreezer said...

Yup, it's pokeweed. I've never eaten it, but I know you can make ink and dye out of the ripe berries. We have had lots of it growing around our old house- although I've not seen it at our new place. Have fun with ink making.
Judy

Ma said...

Pokeberries...which my boys love to use for ink. Every year, in the fall, our great pyrinese (white) dogs turn fuschia, because our boys have rubbed the berries on their fur! I know, it's strange :)
There are some medicinal uses for the plant. You can look them up. Phytolaca is the latin name.

Ellen said...

Pokeberry
Phytolacca americana

We've got them all over the property. Poisonous though. Don't eat them.

Phelan said...

ma, that is too funny!

Thank you guys, thought that was what it was but wanted to double check. I have old fashion fountain pens, so this should be fun!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Stephanie gives you all the info that you need. http://www.stoptheride.net/search?q=poke+weed

Bellen said...

Plowed up a portion of a field that hadn't been used in 25 years - next spring we had poke plants all over it.

Made sure we pulled every one we found - and did that for 3 years!
Persistent little buggers.

alrescate said...

Shall we start calling you Poke Salad Annie?

upinak said...

Huh. I have never seen it, but it is good to know what it looks like. Thanks for posting that Phelan!

Jennifer said...

Yes it is Pokeweed and we did have a couple young goat kids get sick from eating them one year.

Beth said...

I've always fed the ripe (purple) berries to my chickens as a natural wormer. Old timers around here swear by it.

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