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Re: Extinction (was Jurassic Intelligence)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerry D. Harris)
> seeds are, apparently, highly poisonous if just eaten right off the plant,
> but are quite common in this region and are a staple food item. To
> eliminate the poisons, the seeds are soaked repeatedly in bowls of water,
> for several weeks, to leech the poisons out.
Yep, this is one of the standard methods for detoxifying things.
[Actually, I suspect they change the water several times in the
process, otherise it would tend to saturate with the poison and
not leach it all out].
A variant on this method is what one book I have calls "boiling
in several waters". That is you boil it, throw out the water,
boil it again in fresh water, and so on. This is how tapioca
[This was a book the wildflowers of Kansas which also mentioned
any uses, as either food or medicine, that each plant had. A number
of native wildflowers have tubers that are edible if prepared this
The peace of God be with you.