FRIED POKE SALAD WITH EGGS AND BACON

by Lynne Skinner
(St. Petersburg, Florida )

I was raised in Florida. When I was little my Mom and Granny would go over to Lakeland to pick poke salad. I remember well my Granny parboiling it until she was happy with it, then she would put it in a cast iron skillet with eggs and bacon and cook until done. It was so good.

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Feb 12, 2020
about Poke Sallet
by: Benny

Pokeweed can be found throughout the majority of the Continental United States but is far more prevalent in the central and eastern states of the South. It is a poisonous weed, related to nightshade, but if prepared for consumption correctly, it is actually considered a delicacy by many denizens of the rural United States.

In fact, in its cooked form, pokeweed is so popular that many states, especially those in the South, hold yearly festivals in the early spring to commemorate it.

The cooked version of this weed is properly referred to as "poke sallet," but like with so many traditions that have survived via word of mouth, the pronunciation can often be found altered, most commonly to "poke salad." You might also see it spelled "polk salad" or "polk sallet." The "polk" spelling was popularized by a 1968 country/pop song by Tony Joe White called "Polk Salad Annie."

The term "sallet" is of French origin and refers to a mess of greens cooked until tender. For example, cooked spinach could be referred to as a sallet, but raw spinach would be called a salad. This distinction is important for reasons that will be elaborated upon later.

Pokeweed should never be eaten raw.

Editor says: Benny, thanks for this information. Very interesting.

Nov 28, 2019
Two Waters
by: Anonymous

My Granny always said "boil it in two waters". Just young shoots, boil and throw out to first water and boil again with new water. I never died.

Nov 27, 2019
POKE CAN BE TOXIC
by: Anonymous

Please note that poke can be toxic if picked after it's "taller than 8 inches"....

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