Film Bites: Poke

July 29, 2013 | By | Comments (0)
Courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance

Courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance

Welcome to Film Bites, our weekly video series, in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, that dishes out the diverse culture of Southern foods by renowned regional filmmaker Joe York. Come back next Monday for another sliver from our Southern silver screen.

If you like to live dangerously, poke sallet might be the leafy green for you. Poke grows as a weed in much of North America. In the South, it’s been foraged and eaten as a vegetable for centuries.

But here’s the catch: poke is poisonous.

So how do you cook it and why would you want to? SFA filmmaker Joe York investigates.

Joe York has made more than 30 short films for the Southern Foodways Alliance. His feature-length documentary on Southern foodways, Pride & Joy, is coming to the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham on August 24. Look for Pride & Joy on public television in late 2013.