I Say! Brit Chef 'So Sorry' for Pushing Poison Plant

Putting toxin on salad not so good after all
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2008 3:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – A British celebrity chef has dished out a heartfelt apology for recommending in a magazine interview that readers use a poisonous plant that's "great on salads." He intended to push the wild herb fat hen, not henbane, which is a "very toxic plant and should never be eaten," the magazine has since warned.

It's "embarrassing," said chef Antony Worrall Thompson. Henbane, which means "hen killer" is "associated with mythical tales—it's said to turn you black and used in witches potions."