Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Did You Know...

...that in the mid 1500's, French politician, Jean Nicot served as an ambassador to Portugal? It was there that he was introduced to a plant heralded for its medicinal value. Nicot sent this plant (a member of the nightshade family) to France where it was declared to be the Queen's herb. Jean Nicot was duly rewarded for his find by being appointed as Lord of Villemain. He also gave his name to the plant genus, Nicotiana tabacum, which we know simply as tobacco.

Along with the nicotine found in tobacco, other nightshade plants have toxic chemicals or hallucinogenic properties.. The Nightshade family of plants include henbane, mandrake, and jimson weed. Also in the nightshade family are tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, chili peppers and eggplant.

Now you know.

John <><


Sicilian said...

Ahhhhhhh the beginnings of lung cancer. I never knew who the real culprit was.

Mike said...

It's not necessarily the nicotine that's bad, it's the other 4000 chemicals you get with it.

BTW - St. Louis just passed a ban on smoking in all public places. Yea!!!