They love to dip those on hot souce, or crush the raw berries mixed with other ingredient and eat raw too. Created by ArenaFlowers, India. . I’ve eaten the leave my whole life and I am still here today. I’ve had these pop up in my garden a lot lately…I tasted it and decided it wasn’t worth the space it was trying to take from the basil. Welcome. Looks like “wonderberries” (there’s marketing for you!) The renowned ecologist and botanist, Edward Salisbury suggested that the plant, Solanum nigrum was a native to ancient Britain even before Neolithic agriculture. This is one of the most popular vegetables of Asia and Southern Europe yet here in North America it is lumped in with its much more poisonous family members such as belladonna. It was used as spinach, though with a bitter and strong flavour and suitable for eating only after boiling for hours. Wow, I am so glad you posted this. Black nightshade is a common herb or short-lived perennial shrub, found in many wooded areas, as well as disturbed habitats. Solanum nigrum: All that You Need to Know About! Root Simple is a gathering place for everyone. Now I am wondering if he is confused about which plant he cooked or if he ate too much and got a little sick? It is a huge family with several toxic members. The two plants are very commonly confused. The small leaves and white cluster flowers give this plant a distinctive appearance. The leaves contain about 6990mg of beta carotene per 100g. It is also harmful to livestock. Eaten as a fruit or vegetable, the fruit can also be dried, ground into a powder and used with cereals for making bread etc. What we do is pick the plant, leaves and stem only, then wash them. The paste of its leaves is used externally to treat skin infections such as eczema and psoriasis. Leaf shapes are similar. My mother and my sister eat both the green/raw fruits and leaves. Another common and tasty edible wild plant is black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). A local restaurateur told me his wife puts the leaves in soups. Based on my experience Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is definetely *NOT* Edible, My father suffering from leaver cancer in advance stage some body tell me to use the solanum nigrum leave to eat and the boil water can use it. I moved away from home and cannot find any to eat I crave it soo much! This herb is often confused with the ‘deadly nightshade,’ Atropa belladonna, which belongs to another genus. Seems like it could substitute for spinach. Hairy nightshade leaves are covered with fine hairs, whereas eastern black nightshade leaves have only a few hairs. There are several Solanum spp. https://www.juliasedibleweeds.com/general/deadly-delicious-black-nightshade The majority of nightshade plants, especially the edible varieties, can be touched safely and won’t cause any problems. However, this hasn’t deterred humans to try its edible strain all over the world. My dad looked at me like I was crazy lol. Oddly, many westerners continue to suggest that the greens are poisonous despite the fact that you can buy them in markets all over Asia and Central America. I thought it smelled like cerise de terre, so I assumed it was some kind of tomato-related plant. I have this in my garden and have been plucking the ripe berries each alternate day i see. We’ve blogged about the confusion between the edible Solanum nigrum and the toxic “deadly nightshade” or Atropa belladonna in a post last year. Solanum nigrum also contains a glycoalkaloid steroid-solasodine that can be propagated via roots of the plant. We have this growing in our balcony garden (no idea where it came from). When the plant is mature the leaves look rather like tomato leaves. Maybe it’ll pop up again next year…. We had some pop up in the garden a few years ago. And remember that "the dosage makes the poison". Local lore there said that they were originally planted by the Germans from Russia, who settled in the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All is all, solanum is a tricky family, and needs to be approached with great care. The plant most commonly referred to as “deadly nightshade,” is Atropa belladonna, which is a highly unpleasant and toxic hallucinogen. My father consumed these berries from his garden thinking they were harmless, however suffered severe reactions from these and was admitted into hospital with stroke like symptoms including paralysis, inability to communicate, severe hallucinations, tightness of muscles and severe pain etc.. Today is day 5 since he has been in hospital whereby the affects are slowly wearing off, and it now appears he is past the worst of it. I’ve even read they they are superior tasting to the Black Night Shade…If that’s the case, STAY AWAY because the wonderberries are not wonderful! Edible Uses The ripe fruit of cut-leaved nightshade is edible raw or cooked. Allergies to nightshade plants are considered very rare. It has tiny seeds inside just like blue berries. However, while the latter is very poisonous, S.nigrum has rarely been proved fatal. But now I’m unsure of whether we have: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_americanum, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_nigrum. I’d not heard of americanum, so went looking and found this great article: http://www.eattheweeds.com/american-nightshade-a-much-maligned-edible/. I have a Kenyan friend who told me they used to cook it over two weeks by boiling it twice a day and every time adding a little bit of cream or milk to it. Black Nightshade leaves and stems are also toxic when raw (they are edible when cooked properly, and in some parts of the world are considered a staple vegetable, but that is a … The issue of the edibility of black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) came up in the comments on our post on forager Pascal Baudar. Originally, black nightshade was called “petit (small) morel” to distinguish it from the more poisonous species, deadly nightshade, that is known as “great morel.” I have this in my horse pasture I tasted a berry today and it was very sweet and was like a Blue Berry. Edible black nightshade fruit occurs in clusters, above. I tried wonderberries a few years ago, they’re not very good plain and now I find them all over my yard and garden. It was also recorded in the deposit of Mesolithic and Paleolithic era. According to Chinese herbal medicine, the whole plant is edible and good to our body and health. Black nightshade is a plant. However, ripe berries and cooked leaves of edible strains are used as food in some locales, and plant parts are used as a traditional medicine. I’ve never tried the leaves. Nightshade, (genus Solanum), genus of about 2,300 species of flowering plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae). In Ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine, use the plant to treat chronic ailments too like liver diseases, dental cavities, headache, rodent bites, fever, splenomegaly and vitiligo. Solanum nigrum has various other names such as black nightshade, Indian nightshade, European black nightshade solanum, garden huckleberry, Kakamachi, duscle, wonder berry, petty morel and hound’s berry. I only get to eat it once a year when I go visit my parents in Oregon. Leaves alternate on the stem and have wavy edges. A recipe that takes two weeks–amazing! They grew up in Taiwan, and as kids they would pick the ripe berries and eat them (they grew up in the countryside). I almost ripped out the plant because I have small children and so do all my friends. Make an ongoing pledge: I just took exactly that into Armstrong and they told me it was poisonous so I pulled it up. ahh dammit. Prepare some water with a pinch of salt, heat the water and keep it at a simmer. Black Nightshade also has more protein, calories, fiber, calcium, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C than spinach. Root Simple is about back to basics, DIY living, encompassing homegrown vegetables, chickens, herbs, hooch, bicycles, cultural alchemy, and common sense. It grows to a maximum height of 1.2 m and has white/pale blue flowers borne in bunches. The leaves are boiled in salt water for hours before consumption. Solanum is a large and diverse genus of flowering plants, which include three food crops of high economic importance, the potato, the tomato and the eggplant (aubergine, brinjal). The leaves are also edible and may be prepared as a vegetable green on their own or added to soup and stews. In Ethiopia, the ripe berries are also a common food in famine-affected areas and consumed as-is. Oh if only you had posted this two weeks ago! Under cultivation leaves and stem tops are regularly harvested. Blackberry Nightshade is an erect short lived perennial taprooted shrub. The black nightshades are sprawling plants whose foliage and flowers evoke that of potatoes or tomatoes, but the leaves are simple rather than compound. Lots of Central American people in my community garden grow it in their plots — apparently the leaves are very high in iron… They say the berries are poisonous, but good to hear they aren’t! It just came up in my garden – no idea where from. Black Nightshade leaves are poisonous unless properly prepared. In Indian states such as Southern Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Southern Karnataka, the berries are usually referred to as fragrant tomato and used in cooking. I popped off one of the still green berries one day, opened it, and smelled it. There are different varieties of edible black nightshade, solanum nigrum, and they don't all have the same shaped leaves. They are OK, but not particularly tasty. In the 15th-century China, it was recorded as a famine food despite its toxicity level. This native plant is an annual (thus why I keep making sure I spread some seed into strategic locations in my yard every year). In parts of the US Solanum nigrum berries are made into pies. It grows in a temperate climate It grows up to One Meter. If so, they are NOT delicious and will become a weed! are Solanum burbankii, not Solanum nigrum. In the article I linked to, Thayer says that black nightshade greens could be the most widely eaten greens in the world. In the article I linked to, Thayer says that black nightshade greens could be the most widely eaten greens in the world. I don’t recommend eating it raw. in my house in Los Angeles grow in my compost and every place that like weed. One can found another variety of berries, which turn red when ripened. It also contains the nightshades and horse nettles, as well as numerous plants cultivated for their ornamental flowers and fruit. The oval or heart-shaped leaves are long and wide. The term nightshade is often associated with poisonous species, though the genus also contains a number of economically important food crops, including tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), Young leaves and new shoots - raw or cooked as a potherb or added to soups [2, 27, 85, 89, 173, 179, 183]. It is perennial. American BlackNightshade Black Nightshade Cutleaf Nightshade (So lanum americanum) (So lanum nigrum) (So lanum triflorum) Mature Plant: 1 to 3 feet tall, with straggling stems that are Variable in height; usually extensively Mature plant grows flat or tends to rise Black nightshade has tiny white flowers. The thing is, the last time he ate the soup, he said he started feeling weird and saw things and heard things that werent there, he told me this story before I knew exactly what plant he was talking about. Copyright © 2015. People all around the world eat Solanum nigrum. As for the toxicity, Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna) berries are HIGHLY toxic in all forms, whereas Black Nightshade (Solanum Nigrum) can be toxic when they are green, and unripe, the level of toxicity can depend on the soil it is growing in, and the berries, when ripe are black, and are edible. I’ll try to figure it out. Consumption of raw berries can cause vomiting, fever, diarrhoea, mild stomach pains and sometimes, even death in children, when ingested in a large amount, due to cardiac arrhythmia and respiratory failure. The fine hairs on hairy nightshade give the leaf a silvery gray color and may be "sticky" to the touch. They taste well and i am live, posting image. Wow, that article looks super helpful–thanks! Comments: The berries of Black Nightshade (Solanum ptycanthum) are probably edible to humans, if they are fully ripe and eaten in small quantities. I found the exact photos of the plant. Correction to my earlier comment–Wikipedia says the americanum one is poisonous and has killed children. Some member of this family have a reputation for being edible cooked, but not raw, too. But it looks more like the one I have, I think. Are you kidding me?? Am from South africa and my grannies used to cook jam with the ripe berries. The Homeopathic medicine , Solanum Nigrum is best used to treat : Black discoloration of parts. I live in southern New Hampshire, BTW. The second lesson is the importance of using scientific not popular names when describing plants. . Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. The flowers are usually green or white with bright yellow anthers. Its actually my favorite green of all time! In India, the plant has become naturalised and found all over in the temperate regions. It is good central Americans use in soup, like spinach is called MORA or Yerva mora,. Solanum nigrum is, by the way, much more commonplace. I have no idea where it came from :). The composition of 100 g edible portion of “African” nightshade leaves (I presume S. nigrum) is water 87.8 g, 39 calories, protein 3.2 g, fat 1g, carbs 6.4 g, fiber 2.2 g, calcium 200 mg, potassium 54 mg, iron 0.3 mg, beta carotene 3.7 mg, ascorbic acid 24 mg. Facts. The flowers tend to curve from the edges with the time. He says the cooking twice a day was to kill bacteria. Unripe (green) fruit of Solanum nigrum does contain solanine and should be avoided, but the ripe fruit is perfectly edible and quite delicious. The stem can be slightly hairy or on occasions hairless. Many scientific studies have been made into the toxin content of Solanum nigrum and related plants. The fruit is about 9mm in diameter [200]. Simmer the plant for 3 to 5 minutes. read my above post – you have been warned, I would speak to a qualified health professional regarding your fathers ailment rather than seek advice here. However, certain poisonous varieties, such as black henbane, mandrake, and deadly belladonna, can cause skin irritation and rashes when touched. His experience was not what he was expecting after eating soup. Edible Uses: Young leaves - cooked. American Black Nightshade berries and leaves are traditionally eaten by Native Americans as well as modern cultures in Central American communities. It can be found easily in disturbed habitats. that occur in Illinois. As Thayer puts it, “myths of toxicity are commonplace (in fact, I’d argue that they are a universal feature of human culture) while myths of edibility are exceedingly rare, since they are soon discredited.” I strongly suspect that there are many other plants wrongly accused of toxicity. My husband thought it was a tiny tomato :), but after some research we found just what you say here that it’s a member of the nightshade family (like tomato and potato), is not poisonous, and tastes a bit like tomato. Most other nightshades are not edible and many are poisonous if eaten. “Black nightshade,” Solanum nigrum, on the other hand, is edible. If it didn’t try to grow in all the best spots I’d leave it for garden snacking. Black Nightshade is a plant. You only eat the young tender leaves, not the berry or the flowers and you must cook it! Some of them have more jagged edges leaves, not smooth like the poisonous variety, but some have smooth leaves. Two lessons here. woe is me. I think I just pulled a bunch of this out today. Is this the same as “wonderberries”? Parts of this plant can be toxic to livestock and humans, and it is considered a weed. My parents eat the leaf of the plant and I grew up eating it! It was funny that it just popped up. I wonder what the defining differences are between the two. The potted plant below the sign was Solanum nigrum not Atropa belladonna. S. nigrum or black nightshade is native to Eurasia and introduced in the Americas, Australasia, and South Africa. Indian cuisine, for example, utilizes the young leaves and stems through a process of sequential treatment with boiling water. I found this plant in my garden and was always wondering whether the fruits are edible. Remember that tomatoes were long thought poisonous, in part due to similarities in appearance to Atropa belladonna, and associations with witchcraft. Its flower and fruit look just like that of small eggplant/aubergine. It has a tendency to pop up. The fact that many of you eat it without illness doesn’t mean it’s toxin-free or safe, just that you’ve not received a high enough dose to give symptoms. In ancient India, the plant was used to treat tuberculosis, jaundice, rat bites and mouth ulcers. But Pascal left a link to an excellent article by author and forager Sam Thayer that puts in the nail in the coffin of the myth that Solanum nigrum is poisonous. When I lived in Wyoming, Huckleberries (they looked like the Solanum melanocerasum offered in seed catalogs) grew wild and were picked and made into pies. I personally never tried it. Hmmm… only found out the name of this vegetable last month so decided to look it up. We were always told to stay away from the green berries as it caused vomiting and diarrhea , and the indigenous people ccoked the leaf tips as a vegetable but it was bitter and felt slimey like snot. Hi, I just wanted to say that my boyfriend is Guatemalan and he makes soup made from solanum nigrum, in spanish the plant is called yerba mora. Bakula – An Indian Tree with Interesting Properties(Mimusops elengi), Inside The National Rose Garden Delhi – India, Norfolk Island Pine – How to Care Indoor Norfolk Island Pine Tree, 16 Types of Summer Flowers in India – With Pictures, Botanical Garden Kolkata – Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose( India ), Your Handy Guide to Parlor Palm Plant Care: Palm Plants. 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The fruit contains about 2.5% protein, 0.6% fat, 5.6% carbohydrate, 1.2% ash [179]. Much of the confusion surrounding Solanum nigrum is caused by “experts” confusing it with Atropa belladonna due to the similarity between both the appearance of the plant and the popular names. This herb grows as a perennial but is short-lived. When the plant is soft and the water has turned a dark, but still translucent, green, it’s done cooking. And its calyces (the green bits like lapels or a collar between stem and fruit) are smaller than the fruit. One must be careful when using the popular names for plants! Solanums poison many many grazing cattle every year. The dry matter content varies from 6–18 % depending on plant age, soil moisture and … The berries were not ripe yet, but everything else looks exactly the same. The ripe fruit and cooked leaves are edible, however, some parts of the plants are poisonous and can cause serious damage to humans and cattle. The taste of the liquid and plant will have a slight bitter taste, its taste absolutely wonderful with some white rice. Oddly, many westerners continue to suggest that the greens are poisonous despite the fact that you can buy them in markets all over Asia and Central America. Bangalore, Karnataka, India and has medicinal properties. We’re always learning, figuring stuff out, taking advantage of the enormous smarts of our friends and our on-line community, and trying to give some of that back in turn. Diuretic in Cardiac Dropsy. Black Nightshade … It has tips on distinguishing the two. Black nightshade (S. nigrum) is found along the Pacific coast. Solanum nigrum has various other names such as black nightshade, Indian nightshade, European black nightshade solanum, garden huckleberry, Kakamachi, duscle, wonder berry, petty morel and hound’s berry. Green berries contain the toxic alkaloid, solanum, like the foliage. I believe this plant to be misunderstood, as was its originally-feared cousin in the nightshade family, the tomato. Do you ever eat the leaves? Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, Nasturtium Flower and Pistachio Pesto: a story in pictures, Wild Food Lab: Foraging Taken to the Next Level, 087 Foraging Controversy with Lisa Novick, From the Archives: That Time Kelly Accidentally Ate Hemlock. Not all Solanum species have edible berries, even when ripe. Black nightshades of the Solanum nigrum complex have simple, alternate leaves that are roughly triangular or diamond-shaped, lobed or wavy-margined, and often bug-eaten. It belongs to Solanaceae family. Solanum nigrum Description Popular name(s): Black Nightshade, Hound's Berry, Petty Morel Botanical name: Solanum nigrum Family: Solanaceae Origin: Asia, Europe, North Africa Edible… Make a one time donation: Join the Democratic Socialists of America! I’ve got some that came up out of the compost. And it also highlights how very confusing questions of toxicity can be. We have a ton of it growing in ourTomato bed right now; I’ll have to harvest the ripe berries and make a dessert!!! They consistently report solanum toxins to be present in these plants, including S. nigrum. I understand that this is called “Kashi Soppu” in our part of the world i.e. I have eaten a leaf from the Solanum Nigrum.I would not recommend anyone to do this.The stomach cramping and purgatory action will last for days.The black berries are sooo good though. I’ve snacked on Solanum nigrum berries from the backyard and I was lucky to be served Solanum nigrum prepared in a balsamic reduction sauce by Pascal’s partner Mia Wasilevich…and I’ve lived to tell the tale! These have popped up in my yard (not sure if my dad purposefully planted them or not) and for the longest time I thought they were deadly nightshade and kept pulling them up. Black Nightshade, despite its dangerous reputation, has both edible leaves and ripe fruits. There are probably enough plants called Black Nightshade that you should be very careful which one you have. Fruit is a ¼ to 1/3-inch round berry that ripens to shiny black. I will make sure tomorrow and have our extention agent look at it for me. we all have our different tastes, I like native gooseberries but most everyone i share them with are disgusted. It is dark green and bushy in its appearence with many branches and can grow to over 1m in height.The plant produces many small white flowers and round green to black berries (green berries are NOT edible). Why the process took two weeks he cannot explain but says is the best thing he has ever eaten. Bear in mind that this is from rural rural Kenia where there are no fridges. Here in Nagaland, North East India, it is a much sought after vegetable…from what i can tell from looking at online pics the ones we eat are the Solanum trilobatum and Solanum sodomeum, we call the small berries Likok, while the larger varieties are called Taku(meaning bitter) we prefer it to be as bitter as possible so unripened ones are cooked or made into pickles and chutneys. Ethnic/Cultural Info The berries and the leaves of the Black Nightshade plant were a crucial food source and an important natural medicine for early Native American tribes including the Cherokee, Iroquois and Costanoan Indians. Ayurveda refers to the fruits as a ‘dangerous medicine’ and prescribes it as an appetite stimulant and a tonic. I personally have no experience with the culinary use of the leaves or stems, and would not engage without learning at the feet of an experienced cook. The plants are lovely, with the small white flowers, beautiful green berries and ripe black ones occurring at the same time. So I guessed a Chinese name and searched on the internet. Solanum toxin levels vary dramatically with the part of the plant, its maturity (eg mature berries are low in toxin), and exposure to light. The ripe fruit and cooked leaves are edible, however, some parts of the plants are poisonous and can cause serious damage to humans and cattle. and here I am tearing it out every few days…. A Chinese research has established that the plant has anti-carcinogenic properties and it successfully inhibited the growth of cervical carcinoma in mice. Some of the uses ascribed to S. nigrum in literature may actually apply to other black nightshade species within the same species complex, and proper species identification is essential for food and medicinal uses (See Taxonomy section). Thanks for sharing. but I do not know if I should eat it. Its fruit is called berry, which is small and shiny. When I did some research, everything I found said that it IS poisonous! 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