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Nature Benign or Sinister

Nature has produced many a sinister thing with honest answers slow in explaining. For example, take the nightshade family of plants renowned for their toxicity. Even the common apple, praised for its recommended good and healthful benefits has its toxin, not in its flesh, but its core, its seeds, which, if eaten to excess, will have you wishing you had eaten less and living many years more. Not so well known are the rosary peas, small, rock-hard red berries used as beads to make religious accessories, the most famous of which are rosaries with which the pious robotically thumb hail marys ad nausem, ad infinitum. Moreover, they’re not especially edible like cherries or other fruit comparable, for the poison contained therein, abrin, is one of nature’s most lethal toxins. Closer to home, and table, is eggplant, a favorite of Greeks and Italians, I grant. Its flesh at one time thought poisonous – though that belief now erroneous – though its leaves and flowers if eaten raw will have you rushing to the nearest ER because eggplant, like the common potato, as well as the pepper and tomato, belongs to the deadly nightshade family, an all-purpose ingredient in many despotic Medici rulers’ cucina recipes for confidants and friends turned enemies.

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Date: 7/26/2020 12:45:00 PM
The nightshade family is beginning to scare me. You say it includes tomatoes? Weird.
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Date: 7/14/2020 4:45:00 PM
ha! i had no idea about the eggplant, maurice! very informative and well-written...
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Date: 7/14/2020 3:17:00 PM
I didn't know about the eggplant, but I am that a pious robotically thumb runs by everynight over my rosary. Enjoyed reading. Hugs Eve
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