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Hi I would like to know if you can eat fruit or veg that has been grown next to or touched hog weed.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,570


    If you want to be extra careful, wash it first.

    If you have hogweed in your garden, I would put thick clothing on , covering all skin, cut it down and burn it.  It is really only dangerous if it touches bare skin that is then exposed to light, it then causes photodermatitis.

  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    There was pictures in yesterdays Sun newspaper of a wee lassie who had pulled some giant hogweed. Huge blisters on her hands. Her hands me well be light sensitive for the next few years - it is a horribly dangerous plant.  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    Are we talking about the native hogweed here or the alien giant hogweed?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Bushman2Bushman2 Posts: 548

    I'm talking about giant hogweed as opposed to hedgerow hogweed. As a young un i was told to avoid both 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,414

    I think a lot of that family can cause a problem to some extent, celery rash can be quite nasty. 

    Take care, don't panic is my motto.

    But I really wondered which plant the OP is talking aboutimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    Someone didn't do their weeding sooner, I wouldn't think it was giant hogweed, you wouldn't leave that to grow in the veg patch.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Is giant hogweed beginning to get some of the monkshood treatment? Sensationalist reporting in the media?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836

    When I was a child I used to go out around the field margins, wearing shorts sandals and short sleeved tee shirts,  and we'd pick sacks full of the common hogweed for our pet rabbits, Ma's milking goats and for any pigs that were a bit under the weather.  It never did me any harm. 

    Giant hogweed is a foreign introduction and can be nasty if you brush against it with bare skin, particularly I believe if you then get bright sunshine on the rash.  That being said, it won't leap out and attack you, as the Daily Mail seems to suggest image, neither does it's presence herald the End of the World!!! image

    if you see a very large umbellifer and you're not sure which it is just keep away from it. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    There was a segment on the BBC news at lunchtime about he giant hogweed, a child had got badly burned by it, didn't hear it all, but you could watch the news tonight if interested if its the same one you have Kay

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,854

    11+ ??? wasn't that booted out 40 years ago?

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