bishop3006, may i just add some more....??Recognizing and testing poisonous plants.
a) Generally all plants that are eater by monkeys can safely be consumed by man (don’t eat everything that Baboons eat).
b) Plants with a milky latex should generally be avoided. Always be certain that a plant does not contain latex, it is not always obvious, particularly during the dry months. Exceptions like figs and num-num are edible. ID the plant first!
c) Fruits that look like tomatoes and cucumbers should be avoided and unless you know how to distinguish poisonous species for mushrooms, they should be left alone.
d) Plants that smell of jasmine or almonds usually point to the presence of a poison, and plants that are fed on by insects displaying aposematic coloring should also be taken to be poisonous.
e) All fruit that is not fed on by animals should not be touched.
f) Certain fruits that are edible when ripe, can often be poisonous when unripe.
g) In order to test the edibility of a plant or fruit, rub a small quantity of the plants juice, sap, or the actual plant itself on a fairly sensitive part of your skin (inside the upper arm, inside of the wrist or on your stomach). Wait for a period of 15-20min and check the area for signs of blistering, swelling, rash and/or burning sensation or itching. If there is any sign of these symptoms, then it will be advisable to leave that particular plant alone.
h) A second test method is to either touch the plant with the tip of your tongue or using your finger placing a little of the sap or juice onto the base of your tongue. The sensitivity of this area will give an immediate reaction. If you experience a bad reaction, a bitter unpleasant taste or a burning sensation, then discard it immediately.
i) If the plant that you taste is pleasant, consume a small amount, chewing carefully looking out for any sign of a bitter after-taste or a burning sensation. Wait for at least an hour and if you do not suffer any stomach pain or cramps, then eat another small amount, continuing in this way until you are sure that the plant or fruit is safe to eat.
No, i didnt typ it out just now.. i already did about a month ago...
so just copy and past from a word document!!