“What do corn, potatoes, beans, and cashews have in common? They can all be poisonous under the right circumstances.” This statement is from the book Wicked Plants, The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart.
This is in the Deadly Dinner chapter, which has lots of details about the circumstances that make these items bad for us. Modern food preparation and eating these items in moderation renders them safe to eat, Ms Stewart says. I’m glad to read this part, as I eat these specific items regularly. (And from now on, in moderation.)
But if I have any potatoes with green-ish looking skin, I’m tossing them in the compost pile.
Next is the chapter called “The Devil’s Bartender” under the Intoxicating heading. Should be interesting.