This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the August number of Gardener's Monthly, just come to hand, I read your extract from the Philadelphia Public Ledger of some people being poisoned by Stramonium which was gathered, prepared and dressed, supposing the same to be the New England Pickweed. Then you ask for information regarding the New England Pickweed. The plant in question, in my opinion, refers to the Skoke or Poke weed, which are common New England names for the Phytolacca decandra. But, although my residence in New England was somewhat protracted, I do not remember having heard the name Pickweed applied to this plant before. In New England the young shoots of the Poke weed are considered a very delicate vegetable, and are, during the spring months, always to be found for sale in the markets. The young succulent shoots, when from four to six inches in length, are cut off near the ground, tied in bunches and offered for sale in the same manner as asparagus is sold, and I believe the methods of preparation for the table are pretty much the same as for the latter vegetable.
The Chenopodium of England, referred to in our last is Pig and not " Pick" weed, and the Hepatica is Liverwort, and not "Silverwort." Our proof reader is a very good fellow, and our last issue proves this, seeing he did not have the usual advantage of a final looking over by the editor, who was then in North Carolina.