Deadly Nightshades :: From Potatoes to Poisons

Deadly Nightshades :: From Potatoes to Poisons

Wednesday December 7 from 7 – 8:30 pm
Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA
Free with Advance Registration

Gregory J. Anderson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut will be speaking at the Arnold Arboretum about the nightshade family (Solanaceae).

Outside of the grasses and beans, few plant groups have contributed more to influence global cuisine and culture than the nightshade family. Members like potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants have figured prominently not only in human nutrition, but also in the history of New England and the world.

At the same time, poisonous relatives like tobacco, mandrake, henbane, and belladonna have contributed to its other, more sinister reputation. Join us for a deeper look at both sides of the family line.

This event is free to the public with advance registration found at the link above.