Before readers run out and start grazing merrily on the berries of their neighborhood Brazilian pepper trees as suggested in the April 27 article Edible Miami, they should be aware that eating them may cause serious gastroenteritis, diarrhea, vomiting and irritation of the throat and stomach. The sap of the tree can also cause skin blistering on sensitive people. This aggressively invasive relative of poison ivy has cost Floridians millions of dollars in control efforts to keep it from adversely altering native habitats. throughout the state. It should be killed and removed, not eaten.
Roger Hammer, Homestead