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Deadly Dinner: Potentially Poisonous Crops

To help avoid having a deadly dinner, here is a list of a few food crops that can become poisonous under the right circumstances.

Hyssopus Officinalis

Hyssopus officinalis — AKA "hyssop" — has been used for centuries for a variety of purposes, from cleansing to perfume.

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