Top 10 Weird Fruits That Could Kill You — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Weird Fruits That Could Kill You — TopTenzNet


10. Yellow Star Fruit Yellow star fruit is both beautiful and delicious,
but as little as 100ml can be deadly for people suffering from kidney problems. The fruit
contains a deadly neurotoxin that can have adverse effects on the body’s nerves and
brain. While people with healthy kidneys have no problem filtering out the neurotoxin, those
with bad kidneys can’t process it. There have been many reported cases of people suffering
from kidney diseases and dialysis patients experiencing extreme poisoning after ingestion
of star fruit. Symptoms of star fruit poisoning include vomiting, weakness, intractable hiccups,
psycho-motor agitation and mental confusion. Some of the scarier symptoms include death,
coma and very long-lasting epileptic seizures. Treatment for star fruit poisoning can be
quite tricky because scientists have been unable to officially identify the toxin that
makes it deadly. 9. Ackee The ackee is a native West African fruit that’s
also the national fruit of Jamaica. It’s derived from the ackee tree, a huge tropical
evergreen that grows to over 40 feet in height. Though the ackee fruit is a staple in Jamaican
diets, it’s extremely poisonous if improperly eaten. Eating unripened ackee fruit can cause
Jamaican vomiting sickness, which can ultimately lead to a coma or death. The ackee is poisonous
because in contains hypoglycerin, and thus handlers must be careful when preparing the
ackee pods for eating. In fact, the ackee should not be eaten until the ackee’s protective
outer pods open naturally and turn red. 8. Elderberries Elderberries, the beautiful dark blue berries
that hang from the bright red branches of the elderberry tree, are a staple in jellies,
jams, wine and tea. They’re more prevalent in Europe, but have been known to pop-up in
popular North American imports. While tasty, the berries are also feared for their poisonous
elements. The leaves, seeds and twigs of the elderberry plant contain glycoside, a substances
that creates cyanide. Depending on the concentration of glycoside, you could be in a lot of pain
upon ingestion. Some of the typical symptoms of elderberry poisoning include coma, diarrhea,
vomiting and nausea. However, though all parts of the elderberry are poisonous, the plant
typically has a low toxicity level. 7. Apricot Seeds The apricot is a delicious and healthy fruit,
but you have to look out for the seeds. Ironically, many believe that apricot seeds can and have
been used to cure cancer. This is because the seeds have high levels of vitamin B17,
which is an immune system booster. As a result, apricot seeds can be purchased in large quantities
at your local health food store or online. The easy purchase of apricot seeds has created
a cause for alarm because consuming large doses can be fatal. Their deadly nature is
the result of cyanide contained within its seeds. 6. Manchineel The manchineel is a round fruit about the
size of a tangerine native to Mexico and the Caribbean. It’s also known as the “beach
apple” and can be quite tasty, but both the fruit and its tree are extremely dangerous
even when they make simple contact with you. Ingestion of the fruit can almost immediately
bring about esophageal and oral ulcerations as well as severe edema. Furthermore, cervical
pain can result when the toxin contained within the manichineel is drained into the regional
lymph nodes. When the milky sap from the manichineel tree touches skin it can cause burns, blistering
and inflammation. This species of tree also produces contact dermatitis. Even the simple
burning of the manichineel tree can cause extreme eye irritation. Caribbean Aboriginals
even used to dip their arrows in the sap of the manichineel tree to create a vicious poison. 5. European Spindle Tree The European spindle tree is a little known
plant that provides lots of food for birds and insects. Some of its other uses include
the creation of high quality charcoal colors for artists. The tree can be found throughout
woodland areas, and is quite beautiful. However, you should never take a bite of a spindle
tree’s fruits, no matter how tempting. Both the tree and its fruit have purgative capabilities
that are used to combat extreme indigestion. A few drops of spindle tree and everything
in your stomach has to go! Large doses can result in extreme and excessive stomach pain.
Some of the other symptoms of spindle tree poisoning include nausea and diarrhea. So
don’t ingest more than three seeds unless you’re looking to clear your stomach and
experience extreme pain! 4. Pangium Edule Fruit This little known tropical fruit grows from
a large tree and is poisonous to humans because of the levels of hydrogen cyanide contained
within it. It’s rightfully earned the name “the fruit that nauseates.” The leaves
and seeds, once safely prepared, are enjoyed in a variety of dishes. One way the fruit
is eaten is by boiling the seeds without their shells, which are then either soaked in water
or buried in banana leaves for months. This allows the cyanide to be released, although
the cyanide is often harvested to create poison. Some of the symptoms of pangium edule fruit
poisoning include coma, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, confusion and weakness.
Consumption of high levels of pangium edule fruit can result in cardiac arrest or even
death. 3. Jatropha Fruit India and several other countries have reported
several cases where both children and adults have been hospitalized after ingesting the
jatropha fruit and experiencing symptoms of acute jartopha poisoning. The extreme pain
the jatropha fruit can cause is so famous that the fruit has earned the names “purge
nut” and “black vomit nut.” Upon ingestion, people can experience a burning in the throat,
as well as acute abdominal pain. These symptoms are followed by vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
Severe symptoms, including cardiovascular collapse and dehydration, can be fatal. Fatal
symptoms occur because the jatropha can cause hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. If these symptoms
are not treated, severe central nervous system depression can also result. 2. Yew Berry Tree This tree has gorgeous blood red berries and
can be found throughout North America, Europe and parts of the Middle East. The yew tree
looks innocent — it’s just a typical shrub with green leaves. But while the bright red
berries themselves aren’t poisonous, the bark, seeds and leaves are known for decimating
livestock and can also be deadly to humans. Less severe symptoms of yew berry poisoning
include diarrhea, headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, stomach pain, vomiting, trembling
and dilated pupils, while the scarier symptoms include extreme difficulty breathing, coma,
convulsions, irregular heartbeat and, of course, death. 1. Strychnine Fruit Plant The strychnine plant is native to Australia
and southern Asia. This plant’s fruit is so deadly that it’s been used to create
a poison for centuries throughout the world. The poison is derived from the seeds of the
strychnine fruit, and even a tiny amount can cause death. Dried strychnine seeds can cause
severe stomach pain, high blood pressure, and cardiac failure. Less severe symptoms
include heightened senses of smell, touch, hearing and vision, which have caused the
seeds to be abused as a recreational drug.