Edible: Pokeweed [Phytolacca americana]


8 Poke weed Poke weed. Last year’s.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 04, 2001

2 Poke weed Poke weed. Out of season. Must be cooked or poisonous.
Source: Central Park, Mar 19, 2000

14 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Must not get root.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005

15 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Wildman explains that it is very good, but difficult to cook. Chop up and cook in boiling water and keep changing the water.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005

16 Pokeweed with some dead stalks from last year Pokeweed with some dead stalks from last year.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005

3 Wildman holding pokeweed and telling story of how it must be prepared so not to get sick Wildman holding pokeweed and telling story of how it must be prepared so not to get sick. This is the best time of year for this.
Source: Alley Pond Park (Woods), Queens, May 14, 2000

4 Pokeweed closeup Pokeweed closeup. Has last year’s stems.
Source: Alley Pond Park (Woods), Queens, May 14, 2000

19 Pokeweed Pokeweed. This is the time of year for this. There are three things to know. Only the young shoots are edible and only at this time of the year. The roots are poisonous. And there are complicated boiling instructions to follow. You need to look them up.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, May 22, 2011

5 Steve holding pokeweed Steve holding pokeweed. Hard to cook. Root is poisonous.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, May 27, 2000

6 Pokeweed in situ Pokeweed in situ.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, May 27, 2000

17 Pokeweed Pokeweed
Source: Central Park, May 30, 2005

18 Pokeweed starting to flower Pokeweed starting to flower.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 01, 2006

9 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Edible in Spring if prepared properly.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2001

10 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Berries poison. Stems can be cooked in the Spring.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 08, 2001

20 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Out of season. [Not on tour.]
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011

7 Poke weed Poke weed. Poisonous seeds.
Source: Central Park, Jul 29, 2000

11 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Out of season.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001

12 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Out of season.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001

13 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Out of season.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001

1 Pokeberry - poisonous Pokeberry - poisonous. Steve giving a story.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Nov 28, 1999



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