15 Foods That Are Dangerous If Not Prepared Properly

Elderberries

A common ingredient in pies and jams, globular black elderberries grow from a tree whose other components — including its bark, leaves, roots, and buds — contain bitter alkaloids that produce hydrocyanic acid. To avoid vomiting and other gastrointestinal upsets, eat only the berries while saving the flowers for herbal teas and the leaves for external ointments.

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