They produced berries and we enjoyed them. Did he basicly say that it’s OK (for him) to eat to eat the ripe berries, as long as they aren’t green or yellow? Fruits green at first but turning black, shiny and juicy when mature, 50 to 110 small flat seeds and 4 to 8 small, hard, irregular stone-like crumbs. Today, I was determined to find some internet information on the Tamil malathangalikkai which I find growing in many places in the US. It seems that everybody has heard of “deadly nightshade” and written off the entire group as too scary to contend with. The Solanum americanum has alternating leaves that are hairy underneath, particularly at the edges. I have an entire yard full and FULL of S. americanum that look exactly like your video on this and I would like to be able to do something with them, if they are in fact edible. GATHERING: Anytime in Hawai’i. The plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. can the americanum and ptychanthum be that similar that the only differing factor is the underside of a leaf? Looks like a potato flower but much smaller. We use them in specific gravies (not throw them into any gravy). These experts also say the berries of each are edible when totally ripe, either raw and cooked. I’ve had horses in South Florida for about 20 years. The fruit contains 35mg vitamin C per 100g, 7% carbohydrates and 92% water [196]. Just eating them at the wrong time. All rights reserved. There are about 2,000 seeds to a gram. The first one came from a veterinarian report on the S. nigrum saying the toxicity varies plant to plant and season to season (though I think they were lumping them all collectively as Black Nightshade.) No doubt it is often confused as an adult with the S. americanum. Potatoes are an essential component of the diet of humans and animals and can be a potential source of food poisoning. They boil the leaves then use them as the basis for a salad. Maybe in the mountains of Central America someone boils the young plants. Then even more careful botanists got rid of some of the names and said they weren’t Black Nighshades at all and were not Old World variations. In most regions, Solanum americanum fruits are considered inedible but Kipsigis children in Kenya eat the ripe fruits and also in the border region between south-eastern Zimbabwe and Mozambique the sweet fruits of local varieties are much appreciated [. Now, I had names. I can think of several blue or black berries that can make you quite sick or kill you. Generally said no… there is one report of its juice being used to curdle milk. In my mind, that is right up there with saying that humans are meant to be herbivores because our teeth don’t look like the teeth of animals like canines or felines – but these same people are apparanlty unaware that virtually all the large herbivores lack upper incisors (except equines). patulum (L.) Edmonds (1977:75) Lectotype: "Solanum procerius patulum, vulgaris fructu", Dillenius, Hortus Elthamensis 2: 367, t. 275, f. 355. This product is so prized that Tamils returning to the US from a visit to Tamilnadu invariably come back with packets of this sun-dried product. Wow! So glad to have found this site. You go to the UFO page on the Green Deane Forum and attach photos there. That species is a puzzle. I wish I knew an expert in my area that I could go out walking with to learn more about all the wonderful weeds out there. How long they boil them is not reported. Everywhere says it is poisonous for humans. Exposure Routes and Pathways I looked it up, and the bush is a solanum diphyllum, twoleaf nightshade. The plant flowers from June until late autumn in northern climes. Learn how your comment data is processed. The plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. Thanks for the article. [11] Other toxins present in the plant include chaconine, solasonine, solanigrine, gitogenin and traces of saponins,[12] as well as the tropane alkaloids scopolamine (hyoscine), atropine and hyoscyamine. Uses. Thank you. But as time passed botanists had different opinions and the names were changed, or worse combined, such as Solanum nigrum var. Under cultivation leaves and stem tops are regularly harvested. The Solanum nigrum, one to three feet high, has dull black fruit — dull that’s important — and the fruit is larger than S. americanum. However none of your descriptions exactly matches what I see here. The green fruit I would not put in my mouth. Solanum americanum is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). I have eaten it in Karnataka, New Delhi Pune, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Texas, Alabama and in Florida with no ill effect ever. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Delena’s book is well done and well-considered so her comment carries weight, though I was surprise to see her take that view. It is usually boiled, them cooked down in oil with pig fat or salted meat. They look black but are actually intensely purple, and probably full of anti-oxidants. Hi.the black night shade cannot be propagated by the seeds its producing?i have seen some produce seeds.cannt the seeds be plucked and just planted? My little dog was chewing on one. They looked like the Huckleberries we grew before. Well now Im keeping this particular nightshade knowing its therapeutic uses. But the others don’t. Is that anything black or blue is good for you, anything red some of the time , anything white never do you eat. What’s the best way to tell them apart. 1732; Epitype: Herb. We know some small mammals — skunks specifically — can tolerate at least some of it, and we know it has killed big mammals, cattle, and at least sickens adult humans. The Mansfeld’s Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops also says the cooked leaves and ripe fruit are edible. I only had been told they were poisonous. Berries typically borne erect but fruiting pedicels sometimes reflexed in the Floral area, black to purplish-black (occasionally dark green outside Africa) with shiny opaque cuticle, globose, rarely broadly ovoid, 4–7 (–9) mm diameter, surrounded basally by reflexed calyx lobes; deciduous from calyces Rub the juice of the crushed leaf on the inside of your arm, and wait for 15 minutes. macrophyllum Cordem., 1895 Solanum nodiflorum var. I am most curious about the young greens though. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. On page 148 she says the ripe fruit taste sweet but the green fruit and leaves PROBABLY contain solanine. The flower clusters of arise from a stalk that is situated between leaf nodes. Solanum americanum Miller: Common Name: American Black Nightshade: Habitat: ** Associated Ecological Communities: ** Growth Habit: ** Duration: ** Category: Vascular: USDA Symbol: SOAM: Plant Notes: American Black Nightshade is a native annual in the Nightshade family (Solanaceae). But as time passed botanists had different opinions and the names were changed, or worse combined, such as, Though ubiquitous and plentiful I avoided the “Black Nightshade” for years because of their reported toxicity even when ripe. Yet another example of common names being confusing. On top of that, the Old World plant, the original Black Nightshade, became naturalized in North America as well. Its cooked leaves and ripe fruit are edible. I had several Huckleberry plants sprout. The fruit is dark blue-purple when ripe. Other toxins present in the plant include chaconine, solasonine, solanigrine, gitogenin a… Green (unripe) fruits are toxic. Solanum nigrum . [5] Some botanists have suggested that Solanum americanum may be conspecific with the European nightshade, S. I live in Lancaster PA. We found what we believe to be the edible fruit (S. americanum berries). EDIBLE USES: The berries are toxic to humans, causing headache, cramps, and nausea, but are cooked and eaten in Southeast Asia and made into curry in southern India. There is a non-native member of the Solancea family that has yellow berries when ripe with a very similar morphology. The similar Divine Nightshade (Solanum nigrescens) and Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) both have dull, matte black berries. That said, 99.9999999 of white berries are NOT edible. And for reasons I will get to, I will add they should be boiled twice, at least 15 minutes each time. Solanum americanum var. The skin of some varieties has a disagreeable flavour [196]. In parts of the US Solanum nigrum berries … Its berries are not edible as far as I know. This plant, however, is by several accounts entirely toxic. Birds could have planted them by depositing the seeds with their droppings. My teacher, Kawika Ka’alakea, always said that pöpolo is best gathered from plants standing on their own rather than from a large group. Maybe this is what he ate. Dillenius 441 (Dill-HE 275-355, OXF) Both designated by Särkinen et al. I collected sone ripe berries to try to gain sime seeds for next spring. I do not know about when green fruit are cooked. I come from Kenya and this plant is a delicacy for us. The berries are usually in a cluster, on several short stems originating from one point or nearly one point — one point, that’s important. Purplish undersides is important to identifying the young plant. One serious scientific report says they fed ripe S. ptycanthum berries to rats for 13 weeks with no detectable problems. I would not eat Virginia creeper berries. “Don’t die trying to be healthy.” Green Deane. Deers will find this plant and eat the leaves ,one of their favorate food in South Louisiana. Eating the leaves raw can make you sick. This is via high levels of the glycoalkaloids, solanine and solamargine. Please advise on my purpose because in future people around may follow suit – Thank you. And you can eat any of the young plants if boiled twice, right? My plant de trepidation was the S. americanum and I was careful, starting with a quarter of one berry at a time, then the next day half a berry et cetera, working my way up. The seedlings do not have maroon under their leaves. I now live in Australia Sydney and have these grow as a weed in my backyard. I don’t know how long she cooks them, but I don’t believe she’s ever double-boiled anything. Now here in Benzie County, Michigan, I am finding the ones with white flowers, with a yellow center. Then I learned of a local grocery store manager from Cuba who ate the ripe berries whenever he found them. (Solanum Retroflexum (or at least that is the scientific name they gave them)), & when I grew the seeds they looked just like the weeds I have all over the property. Just a point of reference, not suggesting that anyone else try it if you didn’t grow up with it. Hope you find the cultural information interesting. Here is a link to a permies thread that addresses solanum nigrum and a few similar plants. Thanks. Solanum americanum American black nightshade This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Using English spelling, I typed in the Tamil word into the Google search bar. jackpot! Its leaves are used as a green, boiled twice or more like pokeweed. My, While I have not personally proven this to myself regarding all three species mentioned here — the, Now, why boil the leaves twice? To say it is a foggy, foraging family is an understatement. The certain native range encompasses the tropics and subtropics of the Americas, Melanesia, New Guinea, and Australia.[5][6]. Your description of s. Americanium is the closest to my plant with the exception of the number of seeds inside the berries. I presume it’s solanum americanum (no reddish leaves, shiny black fruit). Possibly native. (DON”T TRY IT!) I believed the green berries and leaves were poisonous but no the black berries. [9][12] Poisonous plant experts advise: "...unless you are certain that the berries are from an edible strain, leave them alone." I don’t double boil the leaves either. Hi! I nibbled & spit out a shiny black berry and found no crumbs, a mild tomato flavor, and 70-80 tiny 2mm, soft, green teardrop shaped seeds with black on the rounded ends. She’s ok. I am not certain where it came from nor what to do at this point however i can say that all shelving is covered with blankets of berries and draped with lush leaves . nigrum. These nightshades can have a ‘bushy’ form, but are herbaceous plants, meaning they have stems that do not form wood. In fact, let me include what soon-to-be PhD and author Delena Tull writes in her book, When Europeans arrived they saw the native nightshades. wish I could post a picture for you to see. I’m in Florida and never knew there were two different shiny black berry nightshades. When Europeans arrived they saw the native nightshades. It actually is similar in size the bush that has the nigrum berries. The first one came from a veterinarian report on the, For the record the leaves and young shoots of, Generally said a Black Nightshade plant can produce up to 178,000 seeds per plant. The three species of concern here are: Solanum americanum, Solanum nigrum and Solanum ptychanthum. Is this typical or is it another plant? Human symptoms of poisoning include fever, headache, a scratchy feeling in the throat followed by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The older the leaves get the more bitter and toxic they are, so foragers should collect younger leaves and tops and not eat it to excess. This is the first time I’m seeing others (that’s not part of my family) identify this tasty, bitter green. For related Solanum nigrum and Solanum americanum, the berries can only be eaten once they are fully ripe. So it became quite a muddy soup. They tell me the names of them in my native language but I could never find out what they are called here. Poisonous – The green berries are poisonous and contain solanine along with other nightshade toxins. I’d love to properly I’d them before attempting to use any part of the plant. Livestock eating the plants/green berries in the field or dried in hay have been poisoned and or died. I even remeber my grandmother using the stain as a dye for a cloth. “It’s a bush,” I say to the phone to no avail. American nightshade berries are never yellow. A juicy, sweet aromatic and very agreeable flavour [1, 46, 61], somewhat like a honeydew melon [183]. Would you allow me to email you a pic? Now, we get this product in the Indian stores. The composition of 100 g edible portion of “African” nightshade leaves (I presume. The color was beautiful purple. Ripe berries and foliage may also cause poisoning, though the toxicity seems to diminish somewhat with ripening. ENVIRONMENT:  Will tolerated sand and dry conditions but prefers well cultivated and rich soil. And this INCLUDES the green berries. Let’s look at our main three: 1) A native first called S. nigrum then S. nigrum var. We love this as a green that taste like no other. Have you got any ideas? Unripe fruit can be light green to almost white. tiny tiny white flowers. Leave should be cooked. Deadly nightshade is actually Atropa belladonna. The berries are speckled with white until fully ripe whereupon they turn black and shiny — shiny, that’s important. Thanks for the information best I’ve found so far on this plant. But, to cover myself legally because there are a lot of fools with lawyers, I am not suggesting you eat any part of any wild nightshade. deadly nightshade. The plants are all green now, about two feet high, with 4-7 berries per cluster. Plant Distribution. Intake at your own risk because I don’t have any science degree however, just a person who appreciates wild edibles. These are not really a bush, since bushes, aka shrubs, have woody stems. I would like to find a source for S. americanum seed. hi, i’m in southeastern pennsylvania, and was quite excited to try what i thought was americanum (and ‘deadly’), but upon further looking, smaller younger leaves are purplish/reddish underneath. The green fruit is prepared by soaking it in buttermilk, salt and powdered fenugreek seeds and then dried in the sun. Have you looked at the list of foraging instructors on this site? Growth rate: Three reasons. Media in category "Solanum americanum" The following 136 files are in this category, out of 136 total. It tends to have 25 to 30 seeds, 1.8 to 2.2 mm long, but they can range from 15 to 60. Solanum americanum Mill. The fruits are used as seeds or a dye. What was once thought of as varieties of one native in North American ( S. nigrum) became many plants with many names. The fruits are red when ripe and the flowers purple, though the most notable thing is a very strong unpleasant smell, more like cleaning products than anything else. I have no answer. We find these plants in the woods of Plaquemines Parish and the whole family gets together to enjoy. 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