Just in case you guys get stranded in the woods or something and are hungry. (Pokeweed Plant) AKA Polk-Salad
NEVER EAT POKEWEED RAW. Before you pick pokeweed and cook it, make sure you know what you're doing. Go along with someone who is familiar with the plant.
Pokeweed shoots (greens) should only be picked early in the spring when the plant is short. Pokeweed is a nutritious plant and has 8,700 IU's of vitamin A per 100g serving. Pokeweed was important to early American settlers and farm families since it's one of the earliest greens to sprout in the spring. People were grateful to eat something fresh after a long winter.
Poke berries and dried roots are often used in herbal remedies. However, they can be poisonous if not used correctly.
Poke weed is spelled Poke or Polk. It's also known as Poke Salad (or Poke Sallet) Virginia Poke, Pokeberry, Scoke, Ombu, Pigeonberry, Ink berry, Cancer root, Pokebush, Pokeroot, Wild spinach, and American Nightshade.
Poke Plants are toxic to animals. Animals may feed on poke plants, especially in the spring or where grass is short.
Birds LOVE the berries on poke, which ripen in the fall. The berries attract birds such as bluebirds, cardinals, mockingbirds, and finches.