Polk Salad Annie: Tony Joe White

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  1. BG Says:

    I love this song. It hit me right between the eyes the first time I heard it years ago, maybe because it brought back childhood memories but mostly because it’s just a great song. In fact, if you’ll allow me a little plug, I wrote about Polk Salad and Tony Joe way back in 2006 on the Geezer Music Club.
    Thanks for letting me hear it again!

    • katry Says:

      BG,
      I really loved your write-up. It was so personal and gave me a view so different than what I grew up with. We never had greens, and other than his song, I never heard of Poke salad.

      I’m thinking it doesn’t sound all that appetizing.

      I’m glad I posted this song!

  2. Spaceman Says:

    “Gator got your Granny” a classic lyric. You had to be pretty durn poor to eat polk salad (grows wild). I’m told you have to boil it once and pour off the liquid and then boil it again to not get sick. I’ve never had any and I don’t think anyone eats it any more – though there is a Polk Salad festival in Arab, Al. (50 miles south) in May of each year. Been seriously meaning to go down there and check it out. I just might do that this year and actually try some. And they have all day bluegrass music so it has to be a good time. I like most any kind of green: turnips, spinach, collards – so polk salad can’t be that bad?

    http://www.downtownarab.com/pokeweed.html

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I’m doubting all the preparations are worth it. Polk salad just doesn’t sound appetizing.

      We didn’t eat greens except lettuce and spinach. I haven’t ever tasted collard greens. I’m not even sure it is easy to find here.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Agree about the poke salad. They are cool weather crops – if you have a local farmers market, I would think they would have in the Spring and Fall. Perhaps since you didn’t grow up eating them, you don’t notice. Takes a little work because you have to pull the leaf part from the center stem. Usually eaten with a little hot sauce. Try some canned ones first (if you are interested).

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I figure I can pass on the poke salad. I do go to a couple of farmer’s markets, but I haven’t ever seen it. I don’t think the markets aren’t so big I’d miss them.


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