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Potatoes | New World Seeds & Tubers

After discussing potato seeds and why I think they are a win-win situation–even if you don’t plant them, the fact that they are there if you need them in the future–it occurred to me that I’d better state the obvious:

Potatoes are Nightshades, and their berries are full of poisonous alkaloids. Don’t eat the berries, and take whatever steps are necessary to prevent children, pets, and livestock from ingesting them.

The alkaloids are bitter, so that you are unlikely to willingly eat enough to kill you.

The whole green part of the plant is somewhat toxic, and the potency varies.

Potato berries don’t even look particularly tempting. They usually ripen green, or sinister shades of off-white, or muddy purples. That’s probably the plant offering your first clue that they’re not for you to eat.

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