bitter apple

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desert gourd

desert gourd

A vine plant, mainly found in the deserts of Asia, Mediterranean, Egypt, Israel and Africa. Stem is source of water. Flowers and seeds edible, not the fruit. Bedouins use ground seeds to make bread. Citrussized fruit that looks like a small orange watermelon, which is an extremely strong laxative and liver purger. May cause violent pain and dangerous inflammation. Purging action of fruit is so strong, some women use it to abort pregnancy. Be VERY careful and know what you are doing with this plant.
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There is a spray called bitter apple from pet shops, which is designed to protect items from chewing, it is non-toxic, safe and usually effective when sprayed over the items.
Congratulations to Councilors Andrea Ortiz, Jennifer Solomon, George Poling, Chris Pryor and Mike Clark for refusing to bite on Bettman's worm-infested, bitter apple.
It was a case of biting the bitter apple but in the long term it will help to save the lives of patients previously thought inoperable and prevent unnecessary surgery on those who cannot be cured.