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Red Panda
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Red Panda
8/4/2008

3:10 PM -- Here's a major "My Bad." Reuters has the story:

    Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has apologized after accidentally recommending a potentially deadly plant in organic salads.
Whooops!

    The chef and TV presenter said in a magazine article that the weed henbane, also known as stinking nightshade, made an excellent addition to summertime meals...

    Henbane, or Hyoscyamus niger, is toxic and can cause hallucinations, convulsions, vomiting and in extreme cases death...
It is, however, rich in anti-oxidants.

    Henbane, a close relative of deadly nightshade, was used by Dr Crippen to kill his wife in 1910, and is thought to have been the main ingredient in the poison Romeo took in Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet."
Great pedigree, then. But this is why I don't eat greens.

— Red Panda, Discriminating Gourmet, Light Reading

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