[NAFEX] Poke Weed

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Fri May 23 23:05:37 EDT 2008


Google "pokeweed toxicity"

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From: bwoodtx at verizon.net
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Poke Weed
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 21:35:29 -0500

>I have been watching the exchanges of information on Poke Weed aka
>Poke Salad. There are two varieties of Phytolacca americana (poke
>weed) the common variety that grows over most of the eastern United
>States and Phytolacca americana var. rigida that grows only in the
>southern states. I believe there are some differences although both
>seem to be toxic in some respects. This may account for the different
>views that have been exchanged.
>
>Regards,
>Richard Ashton
>Oak Creek Orchard
>www.oakcreekorchard.com
>bwoodtx at verizon.net
>
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: mauch1 at aol.com 
>  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
>  Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 2:31 PM
>  Subject: [NAFEX] Poke Weed
>
>
>  When I took a weed identification class a few years ago in renewing
>my pesticide license, the 'expert' teaching the class was
>uncomfortable with people eating pokeweed.  She also recommended
>handling it with gloves as she stated there was evidence that Poke
>Weed suppressed the immune system.
>
>
>  Chris Mauchline
>  SE PA, zone 6
>  40° 5' N 75° 51'W
>  ~650 ft elevation
>
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