Monday, November 13, 2006

pokeweed and stinkhorns

some far out shit, compliments of Forage Ahead!

Stinkhorn eggs are edible. You can buy them dried in Chinese
groceries sometimes. I've made hot and sour soup out of them.
My friend had them in her garden for one year only and then they
disappeared. She made a nice display of them for the fall fair and
invented her own category 'most obscene vegetable'
regards, Brigid

With pokeweed, whether grown indoors or out, it is important to
avoid getting any of the root when harvesting the young shoots. The
roots are MUCH more toxic than the shoots, and fatalities have
occurred. The parboiling Blando described for using the green
shoots applies when preparing the greens by boiling to get rid of
the (sometimes powerful)cathartic effect. However no parboiling is
needed when frying poke. Poke fried with eggs was once a very
popular southern dish, still savoured by some of us old-timers.

--- In, Blando789@... wrote:
> You can dig up a big pokeweed root, find em as big as your leg,
try to find a
> plant that is somewhat on a ditchside or hillside so you can pull
> out..more than have to dig it straight up. Then stick the root in
a box of sand and
> put it in a very dark place like a cellar, give it some water and
keep it warm.
> Make it think it's Spring and it will start putting up a shoot and
> These will be white cause it has no sunlight and makes on green
> Because these are tender shoots and no toxins in it, you can boil
it and eat it,
> whereas if it was pokeweed shoots you'd gathered (green) outside
in the
> Spring you would need to "throw off" the first 2 (boiling) waters
to remove the
> mild toxins. If you find an especially big root of Evening
Primrose or even
> Dandelion, try the same with it: bring it indoors out of the light
and put in a box
> of moist warm sand to cause it to sprout leaves.

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