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  • Date Photo Taken

    04 / 12 / 2015

  • Season Photo Was Taken

    Spring

  • Region Photo Was Taken

    Southeast

  • City

    Chattanooga

  • State

    Tennessee

  • Posted by

    kallen

Notes:

I bought my a home last year and it has a garden box. This came up along with parsley. Is it editable or a weed? I’d appreciate any help and am thinking of just eating it to see if it’s delicious.

Comments

  • Amy Unregistered says:

    This is Poke weed–extremely poisonous for children and dogs!!!! especially the berries- handful can kill small child. severely invasive if left to propagate. to be eaten, it does need special boiling; but I believe there is stipulation about older versus younger leaves–Native Americans used to eat it often. also, the tap root goes very deep in soil and if you let it grow over the years it will be very hard to kill. In addition, these grow to over 15′ tall as years progress. I also read if the leaves in any way get into an open cut, it could induce sepsis. Please don’t take this plant as lightly as if it were a vegetable! People are doing research on its ability to kill cells for cancer as we speak…

    May 7th, 2015 at 1:35pm

  • kallen Registered says:

    Thanks everyone! Very helpful.

    April 19th, 2015 at 8:53pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    Boil 10 minutes, drain, replace water, then cook like any other potherb.

    April 19th, 2015 at 12:02pm

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Be sure to pick the leaves while young and tender and look online for instructions on how to prepare them. There is some minor toxicity there but it can be boiled out if done correctly. I agree, they make AWESOME and TASTY greens if done right.

    April 15th, 2015 at 12:25pm

  • Angie Apprentice says:

    Yes looks like poke salad and can be eaten like greens. Special boiling I think. But poke salad and scrambled eggs together is awesome good.

    April 15th, 2015 at 11:04am

  • MrsB Green Thumb says:

    Pretty much looks like Poke Weed or Poke Salad: http://www.examiner.com/article/all-about-pokeweed-and-how-to-make-poke-salad

    April 15th, 2015 at 10:36am

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