It is a pungent bitter herb, often used in herbal treatments. It is a very potent herb.
Poke is a traditional southern Appalachian food ingredient. The leaves and stems can both be eaten, but they must be cooked. The root should be avoided as should the berries because of toxicity issues. The leaves are a little like spinach; the stems taste similar to asparagus. Traditionally, poke is boiled, then fatback is added and cooked some more to add flavour.
It is best to avoid the plant, ornamental though it might be, as a garden plant as its berries seem to be particularly attractive to children who often mistake them for other edible fruits. Some authorities believe the berries to be safe to eat in a baked pie, for instance, if cooked well but if under prepared then they really are a bit too dangerous to experiment with.
All parts of the plant have some toxicity, especially the berries and you are advised to use under the guidance of a practitioner only
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