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Oct 25, 2014 7:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Eat the Weeds has some good info.

Because of all the confusion about Black Nightshade, Solanum nigrum, etal, I did quite a bit of "Googling" on the plant awhile back. It started after I saw my chickens eating the ripe berries of a nightshade variety.. not sure which one.

I found some interesting info and varied arguments about whether or not it is poisonous, let alone the deadly Black Nightshade it is said to be.

Joseph, or anyone interested ~ This is a very interesting read by Sam Thayer from his book called Forager's Harvest Basically, he is detailing his finding that S. nigrum is not poisonous and is edible and how he searched but couldn't find any documented deaths or illness from eating the berries: (I had to 'right click' and 'select all' to see the whole article).

And this is an old article from my local County Extension Agent for Agriculture:

After all of my searching, I'm still conflicted about the plant. Although, my chickens never showed any signs of being sick after I saw them eating the berries.

Here's the plant which looks more like the edible version.

Looking for pics...
FAITH over fear!

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