Castor Beans - Knowledgebase Question

W. Barnstable, MA
Question by mamski23
October 15, 1999
I was wondering if castor beans are safe to eat?


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 1999

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Ricinus communis (Castor Bean) is a member of the Euphorbia family. The prickly husks contain the seeds, or beans. Castor beans are toxic if ingested, so don't eat them! It's also reported that the foliage can cause rashes if touched by sensitive individuals.

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