[10] This is via high levels of the glycoalkaloids, solanine and solamargine. And now that I have read this article I have noticed what looks like S. americanum in other parts of my neighborhood and those can’t possibly be from the Huckleberries I had planted :). For the last quarter of a century, in particular, botanists have been writing about their names and toxicity when ripe and/or prepared correctly. Do you know if there is a variety with purple flowers and berries that start green and ripen to red? The berry contains 50 to 100 seeds. It competes with vegetable crops, lowers crop yield and quality, and in some cases can interfere with the harvest. He ended up with a headache. Some weeds I let grow in my garden closely resemble your pictures and descriptions of these two. When ripe, they have pretty orange berries that actually taste like an orange. That did rise to the speculation of maybe toxic here but not there et cetera. One author says the mature fruits might be edible. The plant most commonly referred to as “deadly nightshade,” is Atropa belladonna, which is a highly unpleasant and toxic hallucinogen. Eating the leaves raw can make you sick. On ripening they turn SHINY black. Mature fruits of detach at the junction of the pedicel and peduncle (where the stem of the berry meets the stem it was growing on.) Then along comes Solanum ptycanthum. They tell me the names of them in my native language but I could never find out what they are called here. I always thought the fruits were bigger. Should I be concerned about dyeing clothes with it? I have eaten it in Karnataka, New Delhi Pune, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Texas, Alabama and in Florida with no ill effect ever. I have spent a good bit of time trying to research this on-line, including downloading several Apps for my phone which kept identifying the leaves as various Maples. Thus unlike say Solanum americanum whose green berries go from toxic to non-toxic as they ripen and turn black, the green berries of the S. carolinense do the opposite. (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. I never forage these from the wild. I haven’t plucked up the courage to try eating the berries that have started ripening here at the end of July in Southeast Texas. The leaves are alternate on the branch, and vary greatly in size, up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long and 7 centimetres (2.8 in) broad, with a 4-centimetre (1.6 in) petiole and a coarsely wavy or toothed margin. Its berries are light green or yellow when ripe and the leaves are so hairy that they may feel sticky. When the outside is black and shiny the inside is seedy and light green they should be mild to sweet. It tends to have 25 to 30 seeds, 1.8 to 2.2 mm long, but they can range from 15 to 60. It is S. Americanum. My email address is [email protected] So, for several years now Huckleberries keep popping up in my yard and garden. Is that anything black or blue is good for you, anything red some of the time , anything white never do you eat. It would be a good idea to find someone who knows your native plants. I have been eating the ripe berries for a while now. I’ve tried to grow these from seeds and it did not germinate so well. First I thank you for all the information the internet is amazing! American Nightshade, Black Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade EDIBLE USES: Green unripe berries are toxic. My mother says she use to eat the berries when she was young, but hesitates today because so many people are saying it’s poisonous. Old timers and 0ld deer hunters pointed out this plant to me. Am guessing a horse or two ate the green berries, or leaves, and succumbed. 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. I have simply never found any published, credible source that says it is edible any way. Three reasons. They also grow in an umbel cluster, that is, the stems of the berries all go back to generally ONE central point. She started harvesting the green berries and using them the way we Tamils (South Indians) do back home in Tamilnadu (in South India). American nightshade berries are never yellow. We find these plants in the woods of Plaquemines Parish and the whole family gets together to enjoy. We also know some small mammals can eat the plant and not get sick but then again squirrels can eat strychnine, so that is no help. What other plants might be mistaken for S. americanum or S. ptychanthum? The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. That said, 99.9999999 of white berries are NOT edible. Yesterday 21.01.16 I saw some and as I was talking to my mother said that I’d have some. Then there were reports of toxicity, which makes some sense if you were calling non-Black Nightshades Black Nightshades, essentially inducting non-edibles into the edible group. We love this as a green that taste like no other. Again, don’t try it. americanum is now called Solanum americanum; 2) a variation of that S. americanum is called Solanum ptycanthum, (p-tic-ANTH-um) and 3) the Old World one is called Solanum nigrum. Tons of it used to grow up all the buildings. Might it have been an unripe ground cherry? There are different varieties of edible black nightshade, solanum nigrum, and they don't all have the same shaped leaves. Delena’s book is well done and well-considered so her comment carries weight, though I was surprise to see her take that view. Then there were reports of toxicity, which makes some sense if you were calling non-Black Nightshades Black Nightshades, essentially inducting non-edibles into the edible group. So glad to have found this site. I see some people who are referencing a vine, I think they are most likely confusing the varieties of nightshade talked about here with bittersweet nightshade, or Solanum dulcamara. [5] Some botanists have suggested that Solanum americanum may be conspecific with the European nightshade, S. The berries are speckled with white until fully ripe whereupon they turn black and shiny — shiny, that’s important. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. This is what I see growing all over Indiana. I would not eat Virginia creeper berries. I’m trying to identify my variety and it exactly matches the descriptions of solanum americanum, except the green berries arent speckled with white, and the berries aren’t glossy…more matte or full. Julia Morton who wrote a book on plants that poison people in Florida and other warm places was iffy. I land on the edible side and I eat it. The toxin levels may also be affected by the plant's growing conditions. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, Florida, 1998:960-961.). It is the prime potherb. She’s ok. I am a descendant of the Volga Germans that settled around Hays Kansas (and introduced Russian red wheat to the Great Plains). The plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. Then I learned of a local grocery store manager from Cuba who ate the ripe berries whenever he found them. Recently I discovered this article on S. americanum. Thanks for the great website! Not likely, I know, but how else to explain it? I spent many a day walking pastures and pulling plants. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. For some 65 years, I’ve known this weed to be called,morel. Thank you. It could be what is called a “garden huckleberry” a cultivated version. Green Solanum americanum berries are toxic. Yet, around the world for centuries many of the Black Nightshades are listed as edible if not highly esteemed. So, I was at the store yesterday and bought Mora Yierba (their spelling). I think deadly nightshade has purple flowers and nigrum has white. Now here in Benzie County, Michigan, I am finding the ones with white flowers, with a yellow center. The berries are usually in a cluster, on several short stems originating from one point or nearly one point — one point, that’s important. This article saved it from me pulling it out and throwing it away. We also sun-dry them after marinating them in salted buttermilk (water added to yogurt and churned with a hand-held wooden churner into a smooth liquid). Night shades can be leggy if growing through a hedge, but are more of a bush than a vine. (DON”T TRY IT!) You just boil water salt the water and throw it in and cook the young tender leaves until it is dark green. Their juice has been used for ringworm, gout and earaches. The plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. Looking closely at the flowers, the petals are revealed to be folded backwards, an indication you are looking at the mellow-flavored Solanum ptychanthum aka American nightshade. Anyone who’s done some foraging has seen the “Black Nightshade”  also called the “Common Nightshade” and (DRUM ROLLLLLLLLL) the “Deadly Nightshade.” It’s one to four feet tall, oval to diamond shaped leaves, with and without large blunt teeth, little white star-like flowers with yellow cores followed by green berries that turn shiny black, larger than a BB, smaller than a pea. No doubt most Americans should eat more raw foods, but that doesn’t mean every food should be eaten raw! 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. [13], Significant amounts of solasodine (0.65%) have been found in the green berries. What do the ripe berries look like on the inside? To say it is a foggy, foraging family is an understatement. I’d like to send you a picture but it wont attach to this response box, is there an email address I can send it to? “. You go to the UFO page on the Green Deane Forum and attach photos there. She believes my plants, here in northern Wisconsin, to be the same as was in Laos I’ve eaten leaves with no ill affects. The sepals do not adhere to the fruit. However none of your descriptions exactly matches what I see here. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to know that Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is an edible weed! 1) The S. americanum has green berries flecked with white. The potted plant below the sign was Solanum nigrum not Atropa belladonna. How long they boil them is not reported. I was surprised that it smelled like a tomato and went online to find out what it is. I thought to search under:” images of plants fruiting black berries”; thus got a hint towards “solanum nigrum”. Our family found what was most likely S. americanum growing on the river banks in Central Florida, and gathered the ripe berries and made “meatless mince pies” out of them. I’ve been eating the berries of the black nightshade that grows everywhere here in Houston for years, ever since my Tamil wife pointed out they used it all the time. If it were so I’m sure the Journal of Economic Botany would have reported so during the last 70 years. Hi! These are not really a bush, since bushes, aka shrubs, have woody stems. METHOD OF PREPARATION: Ripe berries raw or cooked, young leaves, stem tops boiled twice, 15 minutes each time. That may be why your application for identifying plants did not understand what you meant. Flowers, five petals, white, have small anthers. Not delicious, but kind of like a mix between a blackberry and a tomato. That says to me boiling once is not enough even if it is. tiny tiny white flowers. And, so glad to have found two South Indian responses to the article. Because they resembled the Black Nightshades in the Old World they were considered variations of the Old World nightshades and were called … Black Nightshades … all of them. My family eat the leave all the time. This plant has no children Legal Status. They need to be black/dark-purple/dark-blue, and not taste bad, right? In my culture we all know not to consume these part of the plant. It can have up to 60 seeds though 15 to 35 is common. For the record the leaves and young shoots of Solanum villosum (vee-LOW-some) are used as a leafy vegetable. I suspect they also require a cooling period before germination in the spring when conditions are right. Nightshade begins germinating in May and can continue to germinate throughout the growing season in Florida. please help as i’m ‘dying’ to try one. The very similar West Indian nightshade (Solanum ptycanthum) is mostly hairless and can have leaves with purple undersides. Today, I was determined to find some internet information on the Tamil malathangalikkai which I find growing in many places in the US. While I have not personally proven this to myself regarding all three species mentioned here — the S. nigrum is not that common  locally — some researchers say the stems and leaves of both the S. americanum and S. nigrum are edible after being boiled. I looked it up, and the bush is a solanum diphyllum, twoleaf nightshade. I would leave it alone. Leaves look similar to a lamsquarter. Human symptoms of poisoning include fever, headache, a scratchy feeling in the throat followed by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. As for the Solanum Carolinense… aka Horsenettle… Every published reference in English I have ever read says it is toxic. I did try one and I am still alive. 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. Raw the entire plant is toxic, of that there is virtually no doubt. Hello! Solanum nigrum (soLAYnum KNEEgrum, the Black Nightshade) is found in the Old World, Africa to India and beyond. That means leave it alone. Solanum americanum, commonly known as American black nightshade,[3] small-flowered nightshade[4] or glossy nightshade is a herbaceous flowering plant of wide though uncertain native range. Are you sure of your plant’s identification? Some think S. ptycanthum is a North American native, some think it is a cross between the S. americanum and the S. nigrum. If you see non almond shaped leaves you know you don't have the atropa belladonna. Like the S. nigrum, the S. retroflexum has sepals that turn back away from the berry. I’ll eat a few more berries this afternoon and let you know if I have any ill affects. I’m currently living in the United States and I’m trying to find out where I can get a steady supply for myself and fellow Kenyans. We’ve blogged about the confusion between the edible Solanum nigrum and the toxic “deadly nightshade” or Atropa belladonna in a post last year. Under cultivation leaves and stem tops are regularly harvested. Thanks. Interesting page.. The S. ptycanthum is very similar to the S. americanum but it is mostly hairless and may have leaves with purple undersides, particularly when young. I live in South Florida, and I came across your site trying to identify what turned out to be S. Americanum growing in my yard. While that is a possibility — that is what allergies are — most of the problem came from botanist fogging up the genus and species. It’s not my department, so I can’t add specifics….but they are quite serious about it as a natural curative…. Thanks for helping me identify the plants growing on my patio. This time, I did not. Just to add a different angle to the discussion….my former university is doing research on glossy black nightshade as a possible treatment/cure for cancer! It is a concern in pastures or hay crops because all vegetative parts of the plant can poison livestock. However, certain poisonous varieties, such as black henbane, mandrake, and deadly belladonna, can cause skin irritation and rashes when touched. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Your description of s. Americanium is the closest to my plant with the exception of the number of seeds inside the berries. Black Nightshade is entirely edible, nutritious and delicious and with proper identification, a foragers goldmine, providing both edible berries and greens. The leaves of the S. guineense (gin-ee-EN-see) are also edible. The leaves are edible but bitter. Thanks for any help you can give. And oh, the fruit are sometimes red in Delhi. We don’t eat the black berries we just eat the leave. I also had that variety growing in my backyard in Detroit 20 years ago. Your work is greatly appreciated. You might also want to read on site Toxic Tomatoes. Though ubiquitous and plentiful I avoided the Black Nightshade for years because of their reported toxicity even when ripe. is a relative of tomato that has tasty edible black berries. Some years back I purchased some Solanum melanocerasum (Garden Huckleberry) seeds from rareseeds.com. I have succeeded most times in finding the information I am looking for about plants. I have no answer. Thanks for the article. After all these years of eating these I’ve finally found out what they are called. The green fruit I would not put in my mouth. They go from green to dark purple/black. Or that most of them regurgitate the plant matter they consume, chew it again, and swallow it a second time. Deers will find this plant and eat the leaves ,one of their favorate food in South Louisiana. S. retroflexum is compact, typically growing to a height of one to two feet and can fruit when only four-inches tall. They uniformly say toxic. We have to learn each plant. I don’t know how long she cooks them, but I don’t believe she’s ever double-boiled anything. Maybe this is what he ate. The number of seeds per berry is not much – may not exceed 10 . I am an anthropologist, and ethnobotanist, which is why I find this interesting. Its berries are not edible as far as I know. I can only presume it’s native here because it grows in wild places where I couldn’t imagine any non-native planting has ever happened. I do not know about when green fruit are cooked. American Black Nightshade, Common Nightshade, Black Nightshade (Solanum americanum) drying fruit ... Photo (color adjusted and cropped by htop) courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr. She passed when she was 28, of an aortic aneurysm. Well now Im keeping this particular nightshade knowing its therapeutic uses. Flowers are small, usually two to five grouped together in a small umbel-like arrangement (from one point) on a short stalk (peduncle) sticking out from the side of the stem rather than from the axil (where the leaf meets the stem.) There are no short cuts. They can be oval to triangular, no teeth or irregularly teethed. “The toxicity of the species is quite variable in different varieties and in different parts of the world. Rockport Texas. It cannot grow in the shade. The difference between the species is minor and can be just a little coloring on the seedlings. The flower is star-shaped, white or white tinged with purple with a yellow star, often streaked with purple when growing in cold temperatures. wish I could post a picture for you to see. Any suggestions on how she go about getting rid of it so it doesn’t come back next year? The Mansfeld’s Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops also says the cooked leaves and ripe fruit are edible. [12] In Transkei, rural people have a high incidence of esophageal cancer thought to be a result of using S.americanum as a food. 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. 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. 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. Some maples are very small trees or shrubs that tend to have a bushy form with many small trunks. Tasted just like a tomato. They produced berries and we enjoyed them. They are somewhat sensitive to the heat on my patio, with the leaves wilting until I water them in the afternoon. Don’t die trying to be healthy. The fruit is a shiny black berry 5–10 millimetres (0.20–0.39 in) diameter, containing numerous small seeds. “Don’t die trying to be healthy.” Green Deane. I have seen the nightshade with purple flowers growing down by our public beach in Traverse City, Michigan. 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. It is also in medical use. It is a species that one is not born with the enzyme to help digest it so the first time it is eaten the liver has to make a new enzyme and that might be a bother to some folks. Edible strain of Black Nightshade? It has a slight bitter-sweet taste to it. That species is a puzzle. The others have smooth stems, but no red or maroon color under the leaves. can the americanum and ptychanthum be that similar that the only differing factor is the underside of a leaf? But if I had to make a guess that would be it. It forms thick vines and could be climbable. I am just wondering. Could the supplier have possibly sent Deadly Nightshade seeds by mistake? They look black but are actually intensely purple, and probably full of anti-oxidants. American black nightshade. The composition of 100 g edible portion of “African” nightshade leaves (I presume. 46, Economic Botany, 1992. 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. Thanks! [14] The ripe fruit also contains 0.3–0.45% solasonine,[14] and acetylcholine, and has a cholinesterase-inhibiting effect on human plasma. Then some months later some more plants sprouted in the same location as where I had grown the Huckleberries. Sam Thayer in his latest book, Nature’s Garden, also argues they are edible. However the edible species such as potatoes and tomatoes are cultivated worldwide for their culinary value and versatility. 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 This is my first summer at my current Saginaw residence. It is usually boiled, them cooked down in oil with pig fat or salted meat. Have you looked at the list of foraging instructors on this site? Tom, if you or anyone else would like some seed of Schwartzbeeren grown in or around Hays, Kansas, please contact me. I presume it’s solanum americanum (no reddish leaves, shiny black fruit). My little dog was chewing on one. The fruits are used as seeds or a dye. Nearly all references say the ripe fruit is toxic but people report eating a few. I have a whole backyard of American Black Nightshade here in SE Texas. no one talks about the size of night shade! And for reasons I will get to, I will add they should be boiled twice, at least 15 minutes each time. Parts of this plant can be toxic to livestock and humans, and it is considered a weed. Unripe fruit can be light green to almost white. This is later fried in oil and eaten with hot rice and oil. Using English spelling, I typed in the Tamil word into the Google search bar. At this point, I needed to know what the green berry was called in the western world. I highly recommend not to eat the black fruit or any old leaves. S. americanum: Green berries speckled with white, fruit in a cluster radiating from one point. They get more toxic the more they ripen and are the most toxic when ripe yellow, and the most tempting. So, of course, once I discovered that the plant was filled with toxic solanine and not at all good for goats to eat… and that the berries, when ripe, are apparently edible by humans (this is good, because I caught the two-year-old with a mouthful and almost had a heart attack)… I became overwhelmed with the desire to eat them. I also note that in some 70 years of publishing the Journal of Economic Botany mentions the species only twice, and then medicinally (Vol 22 page 333, and Vol 31 page 33.) That juice also breaks down proteins. The berries I am trying to identify have only 2 seeds that closely resemble grape seeds in size and construct. Yes! I am only speculating about the information gap we have. And adding to the confusion is the Solanum retroflexum, fomerly Solanum burbankii. [8] The green fruit is particularly poisonous and eating unripe berries has caused the death of children. Berries have 40 to 110 seeds. The berries are very different from deadly night shade and more like a tiny peas on a branch like cherry tomatoes. What was once thought of as varieties of one native in North American ( S. nigrum) became many plants with many names. 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. I used to play around with the black seed pods when I was little and it would stain my hands and clothes. I would like to make jam with the ripe berries if it will not cause me to become ill. Can you help me? Now I am wondering if the berries we have been eating are from the Huckleberries I grew some years ago that keep coming back or S. americanum. [7] It can be confused with other black nightshade species in the Solanum nigrum complex.[8]. Then, I typed in the names to find articles on this plant. Its leaves are used as a green, boiled twice or more like pokeweed. A third says the Indians, like the Cherokee and the Catabwa, ate the leaves of the S. ptycanthum and held them in high esteem. Generally said no… there is one report of its juice being used to curdle milk. I’ve read no reports of the S. americanum having stone-like crumbs, which if true would be one more difference between the S. americanum and the S. ptycanthum. have them growing all over my backyard and a few in the front,the plant itself was so delicate and the flowers so pretty that I left them alone to see what they were. Black nightshade ('Solanum spp.") Livestock eating the plants/green berries in the field or dried in hay have been poisoned and or died. I find it fascinating whenever a plant from the nightshade family is found on the other side of either ocean in pre-Columbian time because most of the nightshade varieties are from the Americas, it suggests the plant family might be indigenous to the Americas and is found on other continents suggests someone found it in the Americas in pre-Columbian time and brought it back to the other continents. However, in King County, it is classified as a Weed of Concern and control is recommended, especially in natural areas that are being restored to native vegetation and along stream banks where nightshade can interfere with fish habitat.For more information about noxious weed regulations and definitions, see N… The green fruit is prepared by soaking it in buttermilk, salt and powdered fenugreek seeds and then dried in the sun. So,… ?… I thot it was because she was a big mare, 17hh tall and 1650 lbs heavy. [12], Toxicity varies widely depending on the genetic strain and the location conditions, like soil and rainfall. Though ubiquitous and plentiful I avoided the “Black Nightshade” for years because of their reported toxicity even when ripe. In Kenya four varieties of it grow and three are highly sought after. Now, we get this product in the Indian stores. The Canadian government also reports the berries are edible. I now live in Australia Sydney and have these grow as a weed in my backyard. [9][12] Poisonous plant experts advise: "...unless you are certain that the berries are from an edible strain, leave them alone." It is also called the Eastern Black Nightshade and the West Indian Nightshade. My neighbor grew up in Laos and ate the leaves raw in salads and cooked in soups. Intake at your own risk because I don’t have any science degree however, just a person who appreciates wild edibles. Thank-you for your scientific information, Mr. Deane. Eureka! And I still pop a few in my mouth straigh off the plant. Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. It prefers moist soil. Solanum americanum grows up to 1–1.5 metres (39–59 in) tall and is an annual or short-lived perennial. As a child growing up my parents always had many types of vegetable seeds that they say are from back home. I crushed the berries and added a little water to the juice. It tends to be well- branched in the upper parts and the stems are usually nearly hairless and smooth. It actually is similar in size the bush that has the nigrum berries. Use caution. There is a non-native member of the Solancea family that has yellow berries when ripe with a very similar morphology. Personally, I consider the whole plant potentially deadly and leave it alone. Wow! The color was beautiful purple. In the region of India the plant has many names and is firmly in the human food chain and very popular. I have hundreds of them. 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