🔥 Popular | Latest

America, Apple, and Books: WARNING! MANCHINEEL TREE THE LEAVES, BARK AND FRUITS OF THESE TREES CONTAIN A CAUSTIC SAP WHICH MAY BE INJURIOUS IE TOUCHED. COLUMBUS DESCRIBED THE SMALL GREEN FRIATS AS DENII APPLES: THE TREES ARE COMMON ALONG CARIBBEAN SHORES. AVOID CONTACT WITH ANY PART OF THIS TREE! sixpenceee: Throughout Caribbean, Central America, the northern edges of South America, and even in south Florida, there can be found a pleasant-looking beachy sort of tree, often laden with small greenish-yellow fruits that look not unlike apples.This is the manchineel, known sometimes as the beach apple, or more accurately in Spanish-speaking countries as la manzanilla de la muerte, which translates to “the little apple of death,” or as arbol de la muerte, “tree of death.”“Warning: all parts of manchineel are extremely poisonous. The content in this document is strictly informational. Interaction with and ingestion of any part of this tree may be lethal,” write Michael G. Andreu and Melissa H. Friedman of the University of Florida in a brief guide to the tree. This is not an exaggeration. The fruits, though described as sweet and tasty, are extraordinarily toxic. Fatalities are not known in modern literature, though it’s certainly possible that people have died from eating the fruit of the manchineel. “Shipwrecked sailors have been reported to have eaten manchineel fruits and, rather than dying a violent death, they had inflammations and blistering around the mouth. Other people have been diagnosed with severe stomach and intestinal issues,” says Roger Hammer, a naturalist and botanist who has written many books about the flora of Florida. (Source)

sixpenceee: Throughout Caribbean, Central America, the northern edges of South America, and even in south Florida, there can be found a ple...

Save