My 2 cents on this oxalate discussion: right now, oxalates are high profile in our community, but there are many many more micro toxins in plants that are not well known or discussed… histamine and salicylate being 2, but there are many more.
The “plants are trying to kill you” phrase is dramatic and to most people sounds just silly. But in the realm of evolution and survival of the fittest it is actually real and serious. Maybe the word “kill” is extreme, maybe what’s more likely is “give you a really bad stomach ache” so that you are put off eating that plant again. If the plant was just generally really nice to eat by animals (eg us!) right down to the root with no consequences, then its chances of survival through evolution would be less.
It is clear that through history mankind has eaten plants, got sick, and learnt what we can eat and what we can’t. And then done the same with various preparations of the plants pre-ingestion. [sidebar: you have to wonder at the fearlessness of the experimenters in history that did this… I am sure that much of it was accidental, but I bet a lot of it was real experimentation!]