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  • noun A food made from boiled pokeweed leaves, which are poisonous unless cooked properly.


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  • See poke. And *earworm alert* you might remember the Tony Joe White Song Poke Salad Annie.

    I hated that song, and now it's stuck in my brain...

    December 13, 2007

  • This sounds like a salad made of dandelion greens, which my grandmother liked. (Blecch.) Is poke bitter?

    December 14, 2007

  • It's a little bitter. We actually only ate the young stalks. The berries are poisonous. So are the leaves, but they are commonly consumed after being boiled at least three times. I don't much like the idea of boiling leaves three times in order to eat them.

    I do like dandelion greens in salads, though. Like arugula, but plentiful and free...

    December 14, 2007

  • Sounds like an awful lot of trouble to keep from poisoning oneself.

    True, dandelion greens are readily available. Of course, you have to be sure someone hasn't treated your harvest area with weed-killer, or you're back to boiling poke. ;-)

    December 14, 2007

  • Wow, I'll have to try dandelion cause I love rocket. And I'd poke if I could but I can't.

    December 14, 2007

  • Make sure and pick them when they're new, bilby. And, as reesetee says, avoid pesticides or fertilizers...

    December 14, 2007

  • Ah, dandecubs. Got it.

    December 14, 2007

  • Our guinea pig loved them too. :)

    February 12, 2008