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Pokeweed, Scoke, Garget

Phytolaccaceae Phytolacca americana L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Poke is a native plant throughout eastern North America. It is a large-rooted perennial, with a strong growing top, up to 10 or more feet in height, which dies down in winter. The young, asparagus-like shoots formed in the spring are sometimes used as pot herbs. They are sometimes grown from lifted roots in winter, similar to forced rhubarb. The roots and seeds are poisonous.

Season: New shoots harvested 3 to 5 days after start of growth.

Production in the U.S.: No data. Little cultivation, but some gathered from wild.

Use: As pot herb.

Part of plant consumed: Young tender shoots only.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha