It turns out you can use roadside weeds to make bread

W​hen crops escape from a farm, the roadside can quickly become a natural grocery store

1y ago

F​resh rye has gone rogue in the Western United States, having spread from farms and settling itself successfully into the landscape.

Y​ou can find it quite easily at the roadside, and the King Of Random YouTube channel has decided to see whether you can harvest the wild rye and then turn it into something edible.

A​ll you need is a scythe, something to thrash it to extract the seeds and then something to grind them before you have the main ingredient for a slightly weird loaf of bread or even some pancakes.

N​ext time you fancy some roadkill then, maybe going medieval with the local weeds can be seen as an option.

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  • Interesting idea, but beware of Ergot poisoning.

    Ergotism (pron. /ˈɜːrɡətˌɪzəm/ UR-gət-iz-əm) is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus that infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs. It is also known as ergotoxicosis, ergot poisoning and Saint Anthony's Fire.

    Signs and symptoms


    Salem witchcraft accusations is an interesting historical perspective

    The symptoms can be roughly divided into convulsive symptoms and gangrenous symptoms.


    Convulsive symptoms of ergotism

    Convulsive symptoms include painful seizures and spasms, diarrhea, paresthesias, itching, mental effects including mania or psychosis, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Usually the gastrointestinal effects precede central nervous system effects.


    The dry gangrene is a result of vasoconstriction induced by the ergotamine-ergocristine alkaloids of the fungus. It affects the more poorly vascularized distal structures, such as the fingers and toes. Symptoms include desquamation or peeling, weak peripheral pulses, loss of peripheral sensation, edema and ultimately the death and loss of affected tissues. Vasoconstriction is treated with vasodilators.[1

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