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Vegetables and Fruit, Families

All fruit, vegetables and nuts have been divided into families by botanists.

For example, cabbages, cauliflowers, turnips, radishes and rutabagas belong to the mustard family; and the goosefoot family includes beets, spinach and chard.

This may seem academic, but is actually useful to anyone with an allergy. Anyone allergic to cabbage, will have the same problem with all members of the mustard family. If allergic to peanuts, probably to other legumes, but have no trouble with cashews, pecans and almonds.

Potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family, which has many poisonous members (the mandrake, for example, which contains an alkaloid similar to belladonna and can produce delirium.

On the fruit front, the rose family includes apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, pears, plums and raspberries.

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