[NAFEX] Use of Scientific Names (Was Re: Unidentified Fruit)
dan.phantom at westpa.net
Thu Apr 3 17:16:19 EST 2003
This is a perfect example of the failure of common names and makes a good
case for the use of scientific names. The word "sapote" is believed to
have come from an Aztec word, "tzapotl", which refers to any soft, sweet
fruit. Avoiding any fruit called sapote would be like saying because may
apples (Podophyllum)can be poisonous one should avoid eating anything
called "apple". There are plants in at least seven different genera that
go by the common name of "sapote" and perhaps dozens of others that have
sapote as part of their name. Even I, here in Pennsylvania am growing
white sapote (Casimiroa sapota) and the Chico sapote (Manilkara sapota),
two totally different, unrelated species. Unless you are also allergic to
common chewing gum, you probably won't be allergic to the chico sapote,
although undoubtedly some people are because given any substance at random,
someone is probably allergic to it. It would be sad if some people with
latex allergy would automatically refuse to eat a fruit because it is
called sapote by some people somewhere.
I happen to be allergic to mangoes, cashews and gingko nuts under certain
conditions. The first two are in the same family as poison ivy. the third
is unrelated but has a similar oil in the fleshy covering. I try to learn
as much as possible about new fruits so I know what to be cautious of and
what to avoid altogether.
On the other hand, it doesn't help when the botanists decide the name is
incorrect and change it. ;-)
At 10:36 AM 4/3/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>After reading all the discussion about the mystery fruit, I'd like to add a
>caution. A couple years ago, Dr. Bargyla Rateaver of San Diego sent me a
>box of sapote fruit from her trees. They had a lovely aroma and wonderful
>flavor. But....the second the flesh hit my lips, they started to swell.
>Same with the throat. I avoided a trip to ER by gulping 50 mg. of Benadryl.
>My point is, if you have a latex allergy or sensitivity, sapote will give
>you major trouble. The latex can be seen in fruit skins.
>Wisconsin 4b, where the pears broke bud yesterday and the cornus mas is
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