[NAFEX] Re: Datura

athagan at atlantic.net athagan at atlantic.net
Tue Jun 14 15:10:59 EDT 2005

Google up pokeweed in the context of animal feed and you'll find quite
a lot of information about it as it's a bad thing to let this stuff
get into your hay.

That said, it's my understanding the toxic properties are very heat
sensitive which is why it's safe to eat once it's been thoroughly
cooked.  I've got a large poke plant in my garden right now that I'll
be harvesting for leaves shortly.


Quoting Doc Lisenby <longdistshtr at shtc.net>:

> Jim wrote:
>  "Kids are using Datura as a legal high (drug).  It is bought and
> sold in
> tea bags and police are helpless to do anything about it because it
> is
> legal."
> Me:
> I eat Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) leaves and prefer them to
> most popular 
> cultivated "greens".  I can't recommend them because they require
> proper 
> cooking preparation.  We ran a few tests in toxicology and
> unofficially 
> determined that the poison is mainly in the roots and mature stems.
>  It has 
> a complicated poison and at the time of our test could not be
> identified 
> exactly.
> A few insects eat the leaves, but I have never seen any insect
> damage to the 
> stems or roots.  I heard/read a rumor that the poison has been
> reported to 
> cause increased production of white blood cells in humans and was
> suggested 
> as an AIDS chemotherapeutic medication.
> Poke was a common table fare in the "thirties", as was persimmon
> pudding and 
> "real" yams.
> Thornapple, aka Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) has  hallucinogenic
> properties and I've heard that it has been used by the drug nuts
> for their 
> endeavors.
> Doc
> Zone 7/8 
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