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Poison pen?

Date Published: 28/08/2008

We all know that TV chefs love to introduce us to new ingredients. You only have to look at the ‘Delia effect‘ to see that an endorsement from these cooking icons can send sales into overdrive.

However, magazine Healthy & Organic Living has been forced to write to subscribers to apologise after Anthony Worral Thompson got a bit carried away and recommended the weed henbane for spicing up salads. Let’s hope the ‘Delia effect’ doesn’t occur here because, as the magazine editor points out in her letter, “henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) is very toxic and is a Schedule III poison, under the Medicines Act”.

The letter goes on to point out that when using wild plants in cooking you should “consult an expert first”. So, a top chef perhaps? Say, Anthony Worral Thompson…?