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Oct 21, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

A few weeks ago I got sick at about midnight. My stomach hurt like heck. Last time I had that much stomach pain was just before my appendix was removed.

So I got on the Internet, and looked up the species of fruit that I had eaten, and used a magic marker to write the species name on my chest, so that if I croaked during the night at least my family would know why....

Some years ago I sent potato seeds to a lady, and she planted them, and then told me later in the growing season about the potatoes with gorgeous purple berries. I told her that I had never seen purple berries on potatoes before. So she promptly sent me seeds. I stuck them in with my potato seeds to be trialed and forgot about them for a couple years.

This spring I planted a bunch of mixed potato seeds in a flat, and then screened them by selecting the most vigorous growing ones for transplant into the garden. The potato crop did not grow right... They were not potatoes, but something like a garden huckleberry. I let them grow until the fruits ripened to a deep purple, and then decided that it was time to harvest the fruits. And since I like to taste the produce before saving seeds, I ate a bunch of berries from every plant, or two or three. They tasted fantastic.

The symptoms of Solanum nigrum poisoning show up about 6 hours after eating....

Next time I was in the garden, I pulled every plant, and put them in the dumpster. I am highly adverse to putting organic matter into the landfill and thus throwing away my wealth, but I made an exception for the plants that had given me nightshade poisoning.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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