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Post: # 196770Post Andy Hamilton »

Just picked about 2 pints of rape flowers and was about to make them into a wine when I decided to look it up. According to CJJ Berry Charlock (related species) flowers are posionous.

I am off a different opinion and have eaten charlock flowers on many occasions and am still here. Still, don't want to make a wine that kills me, well not unless drank in huge quantities over a long period of time. So any ideas?
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Post: # 196772Post MKG »

After a lot of research (well, 10 minutes on Google) I came up with ...

Rape is toxic to dogs and cats. On the other hand, it's sometimes used as a grazing feed, so it looks like it's OK for sheep and cows. I can't find any statement on human toxicity which usually means that there's no statement to be made ie rape is NOT toxic to humans.

However, don't take my word for it.

But it would be a bit daft - the stems and leaves are definitely edible, as are the seeds (or rape oil would be a bit risky). As the flowers are the bits which form the seed, it seems odd that a plant would produce toxins at one short stage and not at any other.

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Post: # 196773Post Andy Hamilton »

Cheers for looking, this was pretty much my reckoning too. I assume that most brassicas are totally edible and was not really sure what Berry was on about with Charlock being in the poisonous camp. I can't think of any chemical process that would happen during fermentation that would make it become poisonous either. I mean the opposite normally happens if anything.
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Post: # 198203Post Andy Hamilton »

Ended up making the unfortunately named Rape Champagne, which I might rename to cruciferous champagne. It was very refreshingly nice.
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Post: # 198218Post Catalysthere »

Cruciferous Champagne sounds sooo much better, I am glad you did not die through drinking it.
Do you have a recipie?, the stuff is growing out of the hedgerows where I live I will not have to raid a farmer's field to get it LOL

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Post: # 198252Post Andy Hamilton »

Catalysthere wrote:Cruciferous Champagne sounds sooo much better, I am glad you did not die through drinking it.
Do you have a recipie?, the stuff is growing out of the hedgerows where I live I will not have to raid a farmer's field to get it LOL
use the elderflower champagne recipe on the main site and substitute the elderflowers for any flowers - I had to leave it for longer than a day, in fact it was more like a week.
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Post: # 198416Post frozenthunderbolt »

[quote="Andy Hamilton"} cruciferous champagne. [/quote]

Sounds like something from Harry Potter! Is it majic to drink? :flower:
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Post: # 198483Post Andy Hamilton »

It is pretty delicous, but does make you burp!
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Post: # 198626Post Catalysthere »

Does it make girlies burp?
I shall definitely try it then just to find out.
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Post: # 198628Post Green Aura »

Mix it with homegrown's last receptacle here

http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/ ... 29&t=19563

and you can start making brassiere flower wine :lol: :lol:
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Post: # 198630Post Catalysthere »

Ha Haaaaaa, I think that's a great (although a bit surreal) idea, have you been on the magic mushrooms? (Joking)

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Post: # 198632Post Green Aura »

No, just naturally loopy :lol: :lol:
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