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RE: Re: jimsonweed and the Snow White Gardening Experiment

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Re: jimsonweed and the Snow White Gardening Experiment
  • From: Sharon Gordon gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 09:31:28 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

In addition to what's been posted, I'd like to add information about
hopefully not to be repeated hoticultural experiment.

Sometime ago, a gardener got the idea to graft tomatoes onto jimsonweed to
get big tomatoes.
He got giant, juicy, beautiful red tomatoes from his jimsonweed-tomato
plants.  They were
ripe in time for a special family holiday event celebrated with fresh garden
produce including
the spectacular jimsonweed-tomatoes.

Following the meal, all the family members but one became so ill that they
were rushed to the hospital
in order to save their lives.  The hospital was puzzled. Neither ecoli, nor
samonella, nor any other
pathology item they tested for seemed to be the cause of the family members'
illness.  Stumped, they
called in the CDC.  In the course of their investigation, the CDC
investigators learned of the jimsonweed-tomatoes
which they tested and found to be highly poisonous.  The family member who
remained healthy didn't
happen to like tomatoes, and had not eaten of the poisonous tomatoes.

Fortunately all of the family members survived following their week or so of
hospital treatment.


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