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August 4, 2008

henbane-1-160.jpgSo there’s this celebrity chef, see, and he said in a magazine article that a plant called henbane makes an excellent addition to summertime meals.

It’s a great cooking tip, so long as you don’t mind hallucinations, convulsions, vomiting and occasionally death. The chef, Antony Worrall Thompson, apologized, explaining that he had confused henbane with another weed, called fat hen.

On his own website, the chef called it “rather an embarrassing mix up,” and said “Henbane is poisonous and you should not consume it in any way.” He added that there had been no reports of any casualties.

But then again, who knows how many families took his advice and have already sat down to a heaping plate of henbane, croutons and a nice vinaigrette, and haven’t been heard from since?

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So… He confused one weed for another weed… I gather he deals with a lot of weeds…

Maybe this whole thing could have been avoided if he stuck to weeds used only for cooking… Oh but then there’s the brownies…

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

Oh, I use henbane all the time… on a rough winter day in my cassoullet… in the kids’ sippy cups in the evenings (they sleep great, don’t you know?). Is that wrong? Or was I using Fat Hen? Or was it just weed? I’m so confused. I’m going to go relax with some henbane tea.

Posted by Kelby | Report as abusive

Eat these tasty hemlock treats! I made them special for you! EAT THEM!!

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