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Geez! You experienced guys are scaring this new kid on the block.

Note to self...avoid all berries until extremely experienced...except blackberries and gooseberries...and maybe...
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When I lived up in Northern California my ex mistook Oleander for Bay and put it in the pasta sauce....one sick family of four for a few days.
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When I lived up in Northern California my ex mistook Oleander for Bay and put it in the pasta sauce....one sick family of four for a few days.
lucky for yall that stuff is loaded with cardio glycocides yall are lucky to be alive with no permanent heart problems
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How are these related to the black nightshade that grows in soybean fields here in Indiana? Farmers hate them because their berries stain the beans.
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nightshade..belladonna..beautiful woman..., tis said Cleopatra used controlled doses to give her the dialted pupil, consistant with sexual interest when meeting with foreign dignitaries. Also tomatoes were fed to George Washington in an assassination attempt as they were thought to be nightshade by the inept assassin.
tomatos are in the same family
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Yes, Nightshades can be strange, though not nearly as poisonous as a number of Carrot family plants (Water hemlock & Poison hemlock) or Oleander or Foxglove which have glycosides that profoundly affect the heart. Eating a small handful of Bittersweet berries by mistake won't kill you - someone will likely experience dizziness, altered vision, skin dryness...maybe strange temperature sensations...but not death...

Datura (Jimsonweed/Thornapple) (another Nightshade) poisoning tends to be more serious with longer-lasting effects on vision (kids who take enough of the seed or root to 'trip' often end up in the emergency room with vision complaints like...'I can't see!' This too wears off.

But one reliable 'bushmedicine' application, that has its roots in conventional medicine's not-too-distant past, is to eat a (small: start with 1"x1") piece of a leaf if suffering from a severe asthma attack or any breathing constriction (anaphylactic shock)...until proper meds can be given. The Datura alkaloids will back-off broncial closure. Most other Nightshades (Horsenettle, Bittersweet, Henbane, Belladonna, etc.) can be used the same way.

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Deadly nightshade is also called Belladonna. I have heard some of the real old timers call it Devil's Berries.
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you are confusing deadly nightshade and bittersweet nightshade. bittersweet only makes you sick if you eat an unripe green berry and is not nearly as bad as deadly
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