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/CAUTION:  cook young leaves, fruit must be ripe. As with many fruit, tastes sweeter if dried, cooked, or frozen. CAUTION: cook young leaves, fruit must be ripe, “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)