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16/07/2014 at 19:38

I have grown courgettes as usual this year but seemed to have produced a plant which grows poisonous courgettes. They have a very bitter taste and give you diarrhoea. Has anybody else had this problem and can I trust the rest of the plants? The poisonous courgettes are a different shape to the rest they are more round.

16/07/2014 at 19:51

If they have made you poorly I definitely wouldn't risk eating any more.

16/07/2014 at 19:54

What variety are they - what did it say on the seed packet? 

16/07/2014 at 20:06

Oh dear sorry for you Mary, first yesr I've grown them, doing fine and no I'll effects

16/07/2014 at 20:16

You can get get a mix up occasionally with seed.  I ordered a distinct variety last year and the seeds I received produced various shapes of courgette none of which matched the one I had ordered.  I contacted the supplier and received the correct seeds by return.

I can't imagine you have poisonous fruit ( as you are still alive to tell the tale ) but it would certainly be worth contacting your supplier and explaining your problem .....might save others from a similar experience

16/07/2014 at 20:51
I agree with Philippa, hope your ok
16/07/2014 at 21:31

It is definitely the courgettes which were poisonous. I googled the words and there were several examples from people who had had the same experience as me. I will try and find the seed packet but I have grown courgettes for years and never had any problems.

16/07/2014 at 21:35

They don't have to kill you to be poisonous it just means they are toxic

16/07/2014 at 21:36

They are Mr Fothergills just says courgettes

16/07/2014 at 21:39
How odd, must be a dodgy strain that pops up now and again, i grow them, but suprise, suprise, i dont eat them, put me off even more now
16/07/2014 at 21:41

It's fascinating.

I never heard of it before.

16/07/2014 at 21:45

That's a really useful link thanks I have 5 other courgette plants hope I can trust them

16/07/2014 at 21:54

One little nibble should tell you if you have a good one or a rogue. Sounds like lots of watering and picking them very young is the key!

16/07/2014 at 22:00

If they are round maybe a bitter gourd seed got in by mistake.

17/07/2014 at 07:16

It does sound to me as if there's been some cross-fertilisation at the seed producers' place - with a lot of different varieties being grown nowadays it can happen.  Although the seed producers are usually careful to grow their plants at a distance from other similar varieties, there's no accounting for what the general public might be growing in their gardens and which bees might be visiting.  

I do think you ought to notify  Fothergills so that they're aware that their processes are flawed. 

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