I don't know what this is, but I suddently feel the need to know.
Pokeweed (American nightshade) is a strongly smelling herbaceous perennial growing from four to eight feet in height. The root and berries are poisonous, but the first shoots that grow in the spring are considered to be a great delicacy. They are green to reddish purple in color and may be prepared like asparagus.
If the wrong parts are eaten and pokeweed is not prepared properly, it can be poisonous to consume. It is important to use only the thick, succulent new growth (3 to 4 inches at the growing tips). The rest of the plant contains so much Vitamin A that it may be poisonous unless it is boiled in water 3 times (the water must be discarded 3 times to leech out the excess Vitamin A).
The feud was reported to be caused by a group hoarding pokeweed. The group claimed they were attempting to be the only source of the plants Anti-syphilitic and Gonorrheal Rheumatism properties.
The first shots fired over this problem, were by two groups of mothers needing the plant for making a poultice for caked breasts.
The documentary could take on one of several centers of focus, including breast feeding in the backwoods homestead. Almost certainly there will be another Killing Bigfoot tie-in with gobs of exciting gun-play (as i understand, Mr. Chance renewed his Bigfoot hunting permit following his jail-time).