Creecy Greens


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This stamp was issued by the Poca Post in recognition of the role of creecy greens in the Poca River Valley.

The plant, Early Winter Cress or Dry Land Cress (Barbarea verna), is better known in the Poca River Valley as creecy greens. It is found in low river bottoms. Often it is gathered while there is still snow on the ground. Creecy greens were favored as a fresh, tasty variation from the preserved vegetables of the previous growing season, and was eagerly sought in the early spring months.

It is possible that the indian population of the area used this herb, but its use among early settlers came from the practice of a Clovis Creecy, who was active in the Poca River area about 1743. Creecy was a woodsman who lived off the land. It seems that he had discovered the strong, vibrant taste of the green, and passed this knowledge to his friends. As a result, the plant has taken his name.

Early settlers often slaughtered a hog in the spring, and they would use the pork bellies or ham hocks to season "a mess of greens." Little did they know there were indulging in what would come be known as "soul food."

This stamp was issued in the denomination of 41 pu (Poca Units) in a pane of 12 stamps.

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