Cooking With Poison in Japan


(mid-tempo bright music) – [Narrator] In a remote part of Japan lives a highly toxic
plant called the cycad. And, believe it or not,
people consume it regularly. Beloved and cherished by the
native people of Amami Ōshima, eating the plant in its
raw form could kill you. (mid-tempo upbeat music) Amami Ōshima is home to to hundreds of types of toxic plants. The cycad has been a staple crop on the island for generations. Because it is so poisonous, locals take the necessary steps to make the plant safe
for human consumption. – [Narrator] Through the process
of fermentation and drying, the poison is extracted from the plant. (machine beeps) (slow gentle music) (slow tranquil music)