What Deer May Safely Eat

Judy Glattstein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:20:59 PDT
No, no. Not talking about sheep may safely graze. But why do you assume 
that what's poisonous to one species is poisonous to others. Deer are 
herbivores, their gut is different from omnivores like us or obligate 
carnivores like house cats. Maybe each deer eats a sub-lethal dose and 
saunter off, unharmed.  Wilted cherry leaves kill livestock. Turtles eat 
mushrooms that kill people. Arisaema triphyllum tubers have oxalate 
crystals that must be denatured, either by repeated boilings or coat in 
clay and roast in embers. We may be sequestered and going to shop for 
groceries has become An Expedition. I did forage fiddleheads but I'm not 
yet so desperate as to boil up arisaema for dinner.

Judy in gray, wet New Jersey

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