Oh My Goodness!!! You can't imagine how much i enjoyed this article (you have a fan in this reader) I thought my family was the only one who had to suffer through that horrible asphidity...before her passing we used to jokingly call my mom clara mae, md. mountain dr. I was so afraid of the mixture because of stories she shared w/us and i did'nt want her to give it to my kids. I actually went to a local really old pharmacist years ago who told me it was actually a very strong hallucinogenic. Mom mixed it with "Old Crow" whiskey to be taken a tbs at a time. Believe me if you thought the smell was horrendous...even when i did'nt feel well I never complained cause i knew a dose was next. I had no idea poke sallit is the name, I always refered to it as poke salad...mom taught me (and all of her grand kids) how to identify it. Of course i am the only one that cooks it. The recipe is almost the same as your auntie except moms recipe adds mushrooms, eggs, and green onions. I cook it every spring/summer. I am going to share with the kids the dye, using the berries. and the 100 proof recipe (i'll keep that to myself) my mom would have had me make it for sure. She passed 6 months aga at 79. She came from louisiana at 3 yrs old and settled in michigan where she raised us. we are an african american family...It goes to show that people that are raised close to the earth, no matter who they are or where they are from share alot of the same stories and habits (smile)
Mipeach!! What a great letter, thank you so much. You are right, the truth is those of us who were raised off the land and taught to respect its bounty are all the same, no matter who or where we are. We were lucky, weren't we?
I'm so sorry you lost your mother, but she left you with such great knowledge, you should be proud. And you will teach your children, too.