Its that time of the year again.
Crops large and small are being harvested.
Ever hear of Pokeberry? It has a fascinating history.
A few details about this versatile plant:
Native Americans used its vigrant purple juice to decorate
The Constitution of the United States was written using ink
made from pokeberries.
poke salad ('poke salat') has been a staple of the South
where it is cooked and rinsed at least twice to remove the
Once dried, the berries can be kept and used whenever the
immune system needs a little "poke" to rev it up.
The root can also be dug up and cleaned and preseved in
Everclear and used as a tincture or made into a cough syrup.
There are plenty of websites to explain the details. Susun Weed's
site being among the best of the best.
A pretty little berry with an amaxing past and an important present.