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Most plants contain some level of toxins (like alkaloids) for defense. After all, they’re plants. They can’t go anywhere. Through millennia of trial and error, both animals and human beings have figured out which plants are safe, which are lethal, and which are somewhere in between. For example, did you know that many grain-bearing plants contain a toxin known as lectins? And that the African staple, cassava, must be thoroughly boiled and soaked to separate it from its poisonous compound, cyanide? Even the humble lima bean has been bred to contain less cyanide. Cherries, potatoes, peaches and apple seeds are all toxic - eat enough of the latter, in fact, and it will prove fatal. Fortunately, artificial selection and cooking methods have all but eliminated the threat of toxins in everyday foods. But you may be surprised to find out the incredibly lethal plants often hanging around the neighborhood park - or gracing your tabletop in the form of a centerpiece.
Source to full story with Photo's: http://webecoist.com/2008/09/16/16-most … er-plants/
The commenters are right. That choke cherry picture is wrong.
Choke cherries or black cherries are a staple Lenape food here. The woods around Quinton and Alloway are loaded with them. I gather them at the abandon pony track where we use to have our tribal gatherings and dry them using teaberry leaves. I also make wine from them.
I think the fruit was picked by many tribes, they pounded it down along with the seeds and then they would dry it in the sun, I believe it was aone of teh major fruits in their diet..