robinl at CONNECT.AB.CA
Thu Apr 6 20:02:28 CDT 2000
Also eaten by squirrels, mice and a few other animals.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Jefferies" <D.W.Jefferies at SHU.AC.UK>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: Adam's apple
> Not quite to the question but ...
> I have heard that Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap, is very tasty. It can
> be eaten with impunity by rabbits. Some other edinle fungi should be
> contain heat labile toxins.
> Tasting good is likely to be a function of the sugar content. Other
chemicals in the
> fruit may affect different species in different ways.
> veldkamp wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > Someone put forward the following proposition: Any fruit that
> > must be safe to eat.
> > My question: does anyone out there know of an apparently
> > edible fruit that will poison and sicken or kill those who eat them?
> > Obviously excluded are fruits like grapes, olives, strawberries,
> > which some people are allergic.
> > Borderline cases are Taxus baccata, where the 'flesh' is quite
> > the 'kernel' very poisonous, and Blighia sapida, where there is a red
> > membrane between the lobes of the quite edible lobes of the aril.
> > Beech-nuts (Fagus silvatica), when eaten in high quantity are reported
> > make you ill because of minute cyanide contents. I never found enough,
> > apparently.
> > Also excluded is Cycas cicrcinalis, cause of the Guam disease
> > dementia, paralysis, and death.
> > What I'm looking for is the bang-you're-dead (or ill) situation,
> > like what the apple did to Adam and Eve, or Sleeping Beauty.
> > JeF
> > Dr. J.F. Veldkamp
> > National Herbarium of the Netherlands, Leiden Branch
> > POB 9514
> > 2300 RA Leiden
> > The Netherlands
> > e-mail: veldkamp at nhn.leidenuniv.nl
> > fax: + 31 0715 27 35 11
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