Week of May 25, 2017 - Poke Sallet

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:06 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Poke Sallet

Poke Sallet, I am told, is an old French word which means “cooked green.”

Poke sallet is a fleeting pleasure, for the poke greens must be very young – not much more than shoots – to be safe to eat.

You can see that the shoots I have picked are not much taller than my hand span.

Preparation is simple: I cut the poke shoots into bite-sized pieces and put them in a saucepan.

Meanwhile, the teakettle is put on to boil. When it boils, I pour boiling water over the cut poke shoots in the sauce pan and put that on the fire and bring it to a boil and discard the water, which contains substances that inflame and irritate the entire digestive system.

I do this three times – discarding the water each time– before I am content to finish cooking the poke greens to the desired tenderness. It is traditional to serve Poke Sallet with bacon fat or “drippin’s.”


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