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Title: Indian Turnip
Post by: tomthebrewer on September 27, 2010, 06:32:47 pm
Anybody ever experienced chewing this stuff? Don't worry admins, it isn't a drug. I'll just say this for now, for me, it was an experience I'll never forget or try again!
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: 1vertical on September 27, 2010, 11:27:23 pm
I was gonna ask you to elaborate. Then I googled it and changed my mind....ewwwwwww :o
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: euge on September 27, 2010, 11:53:58 pm
And why...?
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: MrNate on September 28, 2010, 06:55:12 am
I had never heard of it, either, so I googled as well. We called it Jack-in-the-pulpit growing up, never heard any other name for it.
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: 1vertical on September 28, 2010, 07:31:59 am
Quote from: meridianinstitute
Background: Indian turnip was used by American Indians for stomach and bowel complaints

and

•Edgar Cayce regarded Indian turnip as a cathartic and astringent to the gastro-intestinal tract

I did not need anyone to elaborate on this....
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: tomthebrewer on September 28, 2010, 06:43:45 pm
My brother had one he got from a friend. Apparently he had the joke played on him and thought that it would be funny to pass it on. He told me Indians used it like Novocaine and told me to try chewing a slice for a few seconds.


So I did.


After chewing it for 10 seconds, it took a minute to kick in. It was like the sensation you get when your legs fall completely asleep then you try to walk; pins and needles, but times 10 and it lasted for 20 minutes.


Funny in retrospect, awful at the moment.
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: tubercle on September 28, 2010, 06:55:42 pm
From Wikipedia:

History and folklore

One account from the Meskwaki Indians states that they would chop the herb's corm and mix it with meat and leave the meat out for their enemies to find. The taste of the oxalate would not be detectable because of the flavored meat, but consuming the meat reportedly caused their enemies pain and death.
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: beerocd on September 28, 2010, 07:02:56 pm
reportedly caused their enemies pain and death.

Alright, now I'm interested!
I assume this would work on racoons, deer, vermin in general???   8)
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: tubercle on September 28, 2010, 07:24:19 pm
reportedly caused their enemies pain and death.

Alright, now I'm interested!
I assume this would work on racoons, deer, vermin in general???   8)

 According to the Wikipedia article the offensive ingredient is Calcium Oxalate. Isn't that the same thing as beer stone?
Title: Re: Indian Turnip
Post by: tomthebrewer on September 28, 2010, 07:42:41 pm
The taste of the oxalate would not be detectable because of the flavored meat, but consuming the meat reportedly caused their enemies pain and death.

Remind me to punch my brother in the nose next time I see him! I experienced the pain, for sure. The death, not so much.