Youpon Holly for cooking?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by johncoby, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. johncoby

    johncoby Newbie

    I think I know the answer to this, but just wanted to make sure since I got a boatload of youpon holly from my sister inlaw. The official name is Ilex vomitoria . As it's name says, if you cook with it, you will vomit or have diaheara.

    Yes?
     
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum! I would not use the holly...
     
  3. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Don't know about cooking with it, but yes, eating it will cause spontaneous, uncontrolled vomiting (high school horticulture class, teacher told us this, one guy decides to test it. results as expected).

    I would recommend against.

    EDIT:I just did a wiki search. Apparently, the vomiting is a mental reaction, but the guy in high school sure did have a chat with Earl. I still say stay away.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaupon_Holly

    Edit again: Once again, Wiki seems to have failed. USDA says it will make you puke....Darn those quality controllers.
    http://www.plants.usda.gov/plantguide/doc/cs_ilvo.doc
     
  4. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    No go on the Holly, & Welcome to the SMF family
     
  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    At least the birds find it appetizing.
     
  6. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Holly should only be used for Christmas Decorations!!!
     
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    yupon was the first thing my scout master warned us about. the limbs are long and straight and are just the right size for roasting weenies over a fire . Except for the after effects . runs are for sure and vomiting is possible.
     
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dittto...The neighborly lady comes over every year at christmas for same thing.Except for that... I swear i would have cut down that tree buy now, makes a mess on everything.Oh-yeah the squirel and birds that live in it.I like my nadenias for same reason.Hollys drop berries this time of year here, must of had a hundred robbins eating the berries today.
     

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