Pokeberry Jelly

Pokeberry Jelly


Pokeberries are a type of plant that bear small purplish-black berries. Pokeberry grows abundantly in North and South America as well as in some regions of Asia and New Zealand. They are generally poisonous for mammals, although boiling them for about 1 hour gets rid of its toxins.  Pokeberry is used as an anti-inflammatory as well as a laxative in North American folk medicine.  It has also been known to be an effective cleanser for the liver. In this recipe, we will be using pokeberries as the main ingredient for a delicious dessert jelly.



4 cups ripe pokeberries

4 cups water

2 tablespoons gelatin mix

½ cups honey as a sweetener



Using a mortar and pestle, crush the pokeberries into a paste then set aside. Make sure to remove the seeds. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add the gelatin mix. Mix the pokeberry paste then let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Add the sugar or honey then remove from heat. Transfer the pokeberry jelly into suitable containers then cool inside a refrigerator or chiller overnight. You may serve the pokeberry jelly with a dollop of light whipping cream or as a topping for cakes and pies.