Of Djenkol Beans and Djenkolism: The Southeast Asian Delicacy that Poisons
Cooking with Poison / Featured Poison

Of Djenkol Beans and Djenkolism: The Southeast Asian Delicacy that Poisons

Since the dawn of time indigenous peoples have eaten what the land, and sea, has afforded them. Humankind has evolved and adapted so wonderfully to the foods around them, from whale blubber of the Siberian Eskimos to nopal cacti of ancient mesoamerican peoples. But what happens when your food wants to poison you? You eat it anyways, … Continue reading

Horny Goat Weed: Nature’s Viagra
Featured Poison

Horny Goat Weed: Nature’s Viagra

So with the St. Valentine’s Day drawing near it makes sense to mention aphrodisiacs. In a nutshell an aphrodisiac is anything that increases sexual desire, and draws its name from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. I most often read about aphrodisiacs as being used by men on women to increase their libido, or sexual … Continue reading

Cooking With Capsaicin: Sriracha
Cooking with Poison

Cooking With Capsaicin: Sriracha

Now for something a little different. I like to write about Nature’s Poisons – their history, science, chemistry, and toxicology. It’s fun for me, and hopefully for you, too. But just because something is harmful or toxic, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious. Take chile peppers and capsaicin, it may be potent and cause some … Continue reading