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  • jbeargrr commented on Welsh Dragonfly's instructable Natural Dye From Pokeweed6 months ago
    Natural Dye From Pokeweed

    Actually, the berries are not toxic, but the seeds are. Fortunately, the seeds are very hard. If you swallow the seeds unbroken they pass through without harm. The berries can be used to fight off infections. I keep some whole berries in the freezer to use in the winter and swallow them whole like pills, so the seeds don't get crushed. I don't think you have to worry about your dye pot being toxic after using poke berries in it. Just scrub it out well, it should be fine.Poke sallet, (not salad, a sallet is a cooked green, mostly used to refer to poke, but can also be collards, turnip, or other cooked green) is very popular in the south. My grandmother and my mother cooked poke greens every spring, I remember helping then pick them.Now I want to harvest a bunch this year to use for dye. ...see more »Actually, the berries are not toxic, but the seeds are. Fortunately, the seeds are very hard. If you swallow the seeds unbroken they pass through without harm. The berries can be used to fight off infections. I keep some whole berries in the freezer to use in the winter and swallow them whole like pills, so the seeds don't get crushed. I don't think you have to worry about your dye pot being toxic after using poke berries in it. Just scrub it out well, it should be fine.Poke sallet, (not salad, a sallet is a cooked green, mostly used to refer to poke, but can also be collards, turnip, or other cooked green) is very popular in the south. My grandmother and my mother cooked poke greens every spring, I remember helping then pick them.Now I want to harvest a bunch this year to use for dye. Several projects in mind. I didn't know you could get so many colors from poke berries. Those reds are beautiful.

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