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Re: [Wild-Foodies-of-Philly] Cautionary Tale!

From: Marlene
Sent on: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:51 PM
A word of caution from a neophite!
Yesterday, on our way to play kick-ball, we walked across the athletic field, which happened to be covered with wood sorrel, lady thumb, poor man's pepper, and broad leaf plantain (plus other things I recognize, but haven't memorized yet).   We got there right before the mowers.  So, I took the opportunity to show my summer school students some of these items.  A few kids were willing to try. One kid compared the sorrel to the sour patch kids candy they like to buy.  He also liked the pepper. We had a water fountain to wash things off.  

However, one young lady who tried the sorrel said a few minutes later that her mouth was numb.  I asked her if she had any food allergies.  She said she was allergic to most fruit.  I asked her if she had ever needed an epi-pen, she said once.  That typically, her lips would swell.  So, we watched her, for the next 1.5 hours, and she said that the side effects went away.  I checked her right before she got on the bus.

I guess the thing to do with kids is to get a full 'allergy' release from parents, before letting them try anything.  I didn't think it would be a problem, because I had eaten sorrel all of my life.  She didn't show up today.  I'm hoping she didn't have a reaction!

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