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Jun 17, 2021 - 5:01:46 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

My dad was a country boy at heart, and as a kid I'd tag a long with him as he went out to some countryside spots he knew about to gather the wild plant called "Polk" also called "Polk Sallet."

We;d gather huge bags of this stuff, the younger plants and leaves are tastier but a nice mix of old and new plant always filled the bags.

Any purplish color in the stalk was poison and bitter, so it took several rounds of boiling and draining, boiling and draining, about the 3rd time all the bitterness would be gone and he's season it then, usually with simple spices and country ham.

That stuff can be delicious when prepared right. I myself never went out and gathered or cooked this stuff but helped my dad plenty of times so I got a general idea and could figure it out I think.

Anyway, some of these threads were putting me into a place of reminiscing and, I have polk growing against my fence and in a vacant lot nearby. I would not have to travel far to get enough to boil down.

Is anyone here familiar with this stuff? I imagine there has to be, so I'd be all ears for learning about recipes for this stuff.

After eating out of a pot of this stuff over a day or three, he'd also make polk pie, similar to spinach pie, but I never really saw how he did that. I think it was basically boiled polk, eggs, and maybe parmesan cheese, baked as a pie. Tasty stuff, if you're a country boy. Worked for me.

(As I google it now, I see tons of recipes ... but if anyone here has first hand experience I'd love to hear 'em)

Edited by - banjoy on 06/18/2021 06:14:32

Jun 17, 2021 - 5:59:54 AM
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I've always wondered how the many poisonous plants that need processing to be edible (pokeweed, cassava, cashews, kidney beans .. ) got to be on the menu. All of the pokeweed recipes say 'boil three times'. Who was it who boiled it twice, got sick and said 'I'll try that again with an extra boiling' ?

Jun 17, 2021 - 6:12:10 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

I've always wondered that too ... who was the first to figure stuff out like that?

If you eat it without boiling it three times, you're gonna be sick and have diarrhea and just a dreadful unpleasant experience. Do it right and it's tasty. Go figure.

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:11:18 AM
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Tony S

USA

65 posts since 11/28/2015

Poke Salad Annie

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:47:01 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

I kinda spaced this video until the Polk Sallet Annie comment :)

Here's me at a gig where Freddie Vanderford on harp and Brandon Turner on guitar do their version of "She Cooks a Good Sallet." I had no idea they were going to throw a break my way, this was kind of a jam tune.

The videographer didn't know what the song was about and gave it the wrong title "She Cooks a Good Salad." Who in hell cooks salad LOL!!!!

Freddie is an amazing harp player recognized by the SC Arts Commission and governor's office. He lives in Buffalo, SC, spittin' distance from where Don Reno grew up.
 

>>> Maybe that's the ticket, just find a wife who can cook the stuff good!! <<<

Edited by - banjoy on 06/17/2021 08:48:33

Jun 17, 2021 - 11:13:04 AM

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Well I'll be dipped!

Ever since that silly song hit the airwaves, MILLIONS of us city kids grew up thinking it was polk SALAD!

And those who never saw the title in print, thought it was POKE salad.

Shame on you, Tony Joe White!!

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:00:10 PM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

Any good hillbilly knows what to call Polk. It's all them city slickers that never cud spel write.

Jun 17, 2021 - 7:33:38 PM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

Got ah picture of the plants?

Jun 17, 2021 - 7:50:53 PM

10349 posts since 8/22/2006

urbandictionary.com/define.php...k%20salad

I’m going with this and being a TJW fan and played Polk Salad Annie umpteen times and he being from Louisiana we have claim on how it’s spelt and pronounced. Cause down in Louisiana where the alligator grow so mean and we know how to use them.

Jun 17, 2021 - 7:54:31 PM

10349 posts since 8/22/2006

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Jun 17, 2021 - 8:07:46 PM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

I've seen that...! :0)

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:10:24 PM

10349 posts since 8/22/2006

Don’t eat the berries but they can be used as a dye. Just wear gloves they will stain your skin.

Jun 17, 2021 - 11:26:28 PM
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banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

I'm a Tennessee boy (Born in Nashville) and I grew up never, ever hearing "Polk Salad" and whenever I heard that song, I was hearing "Sallet" ... Geesh, those folks in LoowheezyAnner needed to be in the hills more. All that flatland really got to 'em.

Definitely stay away from the berries, and the purple color in the stalk, not good. Leaves, good.

I think dad's spicing was simple, salt, pepper, maybe some hot sauce or peppers, and a ham bone or country ham. Once rendered down to being edible, you could eat off of it for days.

So whenever I happen to catch an episode of Beverly Hillbillies where granny is doing all her cooking ... I can identify with all that.

... came across this weird BH video, that sure ain't Earl playing banjo, wonder who it is ... but interesting. I don't see no possum innard at the grocery store, though.

Jun 18, 2021 - 3:26:31 AM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

Great video Frank..
It explains..many things...
Thanks.
N.. really neet banjo playing...too....

Jun 18, 2021 - 3:32:06 AM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

This is a good thread...

I now do wonder....

How many other foods...are right at hand...
N. The public dose not even have a clue of...

Good thing for Modern Grossiere stores...'eh..?

Jun 18, 2021 - 4:59:17 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

There was a fellow posting here a few months back who is VERY into herbs and commons plants and for medicine and for food. He and I emailed a little back and forth, but he had a lot of answers to that question Al and has written some books on the subject and has an active website about it. I think BHO scared him off as it tends to do with anyone who is a little different.

I wish I could focus on these things more. In my own yard is a LOT of red clover in the spring, excellent medicinal and nutritious plant. This fellow mentioned dandelion, which to most folks is a pesky weed, but too, medicinal and nutritious. I end up just mowing it all down.

And kudzu is all over here (in the south) which is a also a nutritious plant.

So I'm thinking when the apocalypse happens and shuts the WalMart grocery down, oh well, I'll just start grazing. And maybe dig through the rubble at the library for all the books that talk about this stuff. I've known a few people in my life who could go anywhere in the wild and make a meal, and a tasty meal at that. That's a skill I don't have.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/18/2021 05:01:40

Jun 18, 2021 - 5:28:14 AM
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figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

Through out history..
Starvation ..has been a tool..
For people who want rule n power...

Our population... has been trained as to where to get food...

Convince...is not...always..convine...

As to our other conversaytion about the poor...

As a kid....there was a well ta do feller..(Nice guy)

In our small town..
As a kid.. I would be walkin home from fishin..with me catch...
This guy would strike up a conversaytion..with ..nice catch...
But you really should be dooing fly fishing...
I would listen to him explain.. all the finer points of..that..
"Sport"..........

Otoh....
This same guy....
Would stop me... when..I was walkin home with me pellet gun.. N squirel...
Harvest......

N explain to me why I should....not be doing ...that...."Sport"...

I would listen....
But in the back of me head....
I thought....
DUDE....I DO NOT HAVE TIME NOR $... fer... "Sport"...

I just wanna....eat.....

If...I brought it home...
Mom....cooked it...

You might be surprised...
WHAT... She could make with that...
Usin... Gov'mit Cheese...N.. powdered ...milk.....

If you get me..drift...

Jun 18, 2021 - 5:46:54 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

Yeah, I do get it. I've known some folks in my life who eat what they raise or catch. I have always admired that ability. My dad loved hunting and fishing, and he raised a vegetable garden in the back yard so I got a taste of that when I was real young. Never rubbed off on me though, last time I went fishing was 51 years ago. I kinda wish it had filtered through this thick skull of mine.

In Tennessee a few years back they passed a law where you could now legally pick up road kill and eat it. It made for a lot of jokes about Tennessee, but I lived there. I get it.

As much as I've joked in this thread about possum innards, that's one of the most vile, smelly and disgusting things I've ever tried to eat. In some another thread on BHO, banjo bill-e said he drew the line at eating bugs. I draw that line at eating possum. I'd rather eat bugs.

So if I were to sit at granny's dinner table on the Beverly Hillbillies, there's a chance I would have really pissed her off gagging down some of her fixin's ... but it would have made for a really funny episode!

Edited by - banjoy on 06/18/2021 05:50:34

Jun 18, 2021 - 5:50:15 AM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

Laughfing...
Thanks Frank...

Jun 18, 2021 - 5:55:30 AM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

Yeah...
Deer... "Spanked"..by yer truck....

Dose not really ...clean well..... :0/

Jun 18, 2021 - 6:10:36 AM

figmo59

USA

33810 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by banjoy

I've always wondered that too ... who was the first to figure stuff out like that?

If you eat it without boiling it three times, you're gonna be sick and have diarrhea and just a dreadful unpleasant experience. Do it right and it's tasty. Go figure.


I might be incorrect...

But..

I think there is a kinda puffer or blowfish..

That some Asiian guys eat...

That if not cleaned n cooked right can be deadly to eat...

 

Spoze of be about?..virility...

 

But I do not know if that is true or correct...

 

I an so glad that the B ho has enlightened me...

That true...or correct...

 

Are 2  different things...

Dems the facts... ;0/

Me Father was Irish...

Jun 18, 2021 - 6:15:46 AM
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granny martin would fix polk sallet once in a while...but she didn't like it much but she would cook it in a pot outside and me and pop would tear it up... too much will tear you up too... called the polk sallet 2 step to the out house

Jun 18, 2021 - 6:19:20 AM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

I have (begrudgingly) edited the topic title to acknowledge that "Polk Salad" may well be another way to describe this plant ... even though it's completely wrong wink

Here's a different clip of Vanderford and Turner playing in Atlanta, GA the CORRECTLY titled "She Cooks a Good Sallet."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzzGr_SY4PI

cheeky

Jun 18, 2021 - 6:21:44 AM
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banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

granny martin would fix polk sallet once in a while...but she didn't like it much but she would cook it in a pot outside and me and pop would tear it up... too much will tear you up too... called the polk sallet 2 step to the out house


Yep. "Spring Cleaning" surprise

Jun 18, 2021 - 10:22:50 AM

10349 posts since 8/22/2006

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I'm a Tennessee boy (Born in Nashville) and I grew up never, ever hearing "Polk Salad" and whenever I heard that song, I was hearing "Sallet" ... Geesh, those folks in LoowheezyAnner needed to be in the hills more. All that flatland really got to 'em.

There’s more to our state than what folks have seen on TV we are all,Not like what you've seen. The northern part of the state has more geography with rolling hills,pine and oak forest don’t let what you think you know about Loowheezyanner cloud your thinking. Next time you visit go north and you will see a whole new world of people completely different than the ones living along the I-10 corridor.

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 06/18/2021 10:23:48

Jun 18, 2021 - 1:14:13 PM

banjoy

USA

9681 posts since 7/1/2006

5B-Ranch

Yeah, even though I was born there i never really explored in much. I lived in Andersonville, TN for 26 years, above Knoxville and just below Kentucky. I could be in KY in about the same time as I could get to Knoxville.

I lived in Memphis for a brief time, flat as it gets and a VERY different culture there. Forget polk or possum. Think Bar-B-Que. And Blues. And Elvis. And Jerry Lee Lewis.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/18/2021 13:16:38

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