Those of us who have been discussing the dangers of using a plant's common name (instead of the botanical name) will enjoy this little article from Yahoo! news earlier today. Isn't it kind of disheartening that the NEWS article doesn't bother to expand on the botanical names - and neither does the magazines CORRECTION!? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080804/ap_on_re_eu/britain_poison_salad
Chef: sorry for suggesting poison plant in salad
Mon Aug 4, 7:17 AM ET
A British celebrity chef says he's sorry for mistakenly recommending a deadly plant as a tasty salad ingredient.
Anthony Worrall Thompson says he meant to suggest using the weed fat hen, a member of the spinach family whose leaves are edible. He instead told Healthy and Organic Living magazine for its July edition that henbane could be used in salads.
Henbane, whose name means "killer of hens," is a toxic plant that can cause hallucinations, drowsiness and disorientation if ingested. Large doses can kill.
The magazine issued a correction Monday on its Web site. Worrall Thompson told reporters he's sorry for the mix-up, which he called "a bit embarrassing."
Here is the correction from the website http://www.healthyandorganicliving.com/
In H&OL7 p60 Antony Worral Thompson recommends using henbane in salads. In fact henbane is a very toxic plant and should never been eaten. As always, check with an expert when foraging or collecting wild plants.