PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Black Nightshade

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Solanum nigrum, Solanum ptychanthum, Solanum americanum / Solanaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: partial sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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COOK

Spring

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

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blueberry&tomato

RAW/COOK

Late Summer

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  Cook young leaves, fruit must be ripe. As with many fruit, tastes sweeter if dried, cooked, or frozen.

 

CAUTION: “high concentrations of toxic alkaloids (solanine and others) found in green berries and smaller amounts in leaves. Cooking leaves reduces toxins to safe levels.” (4)

 

NUTRITION / MEDICINAL: assorted vitamins, minerals (4)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: Horsenettle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_carolinense

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Solanum+americanum       
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=black+nightshade
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_americanum
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2007/10/black-nightshade.html  (good photos)