I have been waiting for the pokeberries on the edge of my yard to ripen. Making ink from the berries is something I have been wanting to do for some time. Eva and I finally gave it a shot. We also picked up some powdered ink and pens at the Harmony History Museum.
bunches of pokeberries!
Eva mashing the berries.
We found a recipe for pokeberry ink on ehow.com.
After the juice is collected a little vinegar and salt is added to preserve the ink.
The red ink is from a powdered mix and the purple ink is pokeberry.
I like the color of the pokeberry ink but I have to say that pokeberries don't smell all that great.
Not sure what we will do next with our new art supplies.
Pokeberry do have a toxic rating. Different websites said different things. Mainly if you eat them you will have an upset stomach. Being that they smell so bad, I can't image eating one!