Did I say henbane? I meant castor bean. No, wait…


UK Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson recommended that cooks use henbane in a salad, causing a dust-up in the UK media.  He’s terribly sorry; he thinks he meant to say "fat hen," also known as lamb’s quarters or Chenopodium album L..  His quote apparently got past the fact-checkers at Healthy & Organic Living Magazine, but they’ve written to subscribers to apologize and included a correction in the next issue.

This is not the first time his recipes have caused a controversy; a Snickers Pie recipe that includes 5 Snickers bars, puff pastry, mascarpone, and eggs drew criticism for serving up a whopping 1,250 calories per slice.  Yum!


  1. What’s a little henbane among friends? After all these days we do try to make our food attractive to the eye as well as the palate, and a little lily-of-the-valley makes a most attractive garnish on a salad. And, why pray tell, should we toss the rhubarb leaves and use only the stalks? Seems wasteful to me. And those castor beans should be used, in these times of shortage. Perhaps we should seek out some really special fungi such as amanitas — soooo beautiful, and I am sure someone could contrive a very special dish of castor beans and amanitas. With maybe some datura metel for flavour?

  2. Latin is better and more accurate. Gardening needs science. Shay men and women are out for the buck.
    I wasted some time here.

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