No. 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? I’ve reached my destination. I ate three of them and felt no effects. If you see non almond shaped leaves you know you don't have the atropa belladonna. I had several Huckleberry plants sprout. So that’s fairly clear. The Solanum nigrum, one to three feet high, has dull black fruit — dull that’s important — and the fruit is larger than S. americanum. Thanks for writing. I am pretty sure mine are edible. It is also called the Eastern Black Nightshade and the West Indian Nightshade. — Sam Brungardt, I have a nightshade of some form growing in my cherry tomatoes.. i jumped like a saw a rattler when i noticed it at first! I eat this plant! This is later fried in oil and eaten with hot rice and oil. 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. I must say that small birds play a good role in decreasing the harvest. I do not know about when green fruit are cooked. 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.) And they grow in an umbel cluster…. Even the pro’s profess confusion though I think they caused it. Where did the much believe notion that NIGHTSHADE kills horses come from? The certain native range encompasses the tropics and subtropics of the Americas, Melanesia, New Guinea, and Australia. That said, 99.9999999 of white berries are NOT edible. Then I learned of a local grocery store manager from Cuba who ate the ripe berries whenever he found them. Type resouces in the search window. She started harvesting the green berries and using them the way we Tamils (South Indians) do back home in Tamilnadu (in South India). The plant was reportedly bred by Luther Burbank in the early 1900s and is a hybrid of S. villosum and S. guineense, though that may be in dispute. Chris, I am of south Indian origin too and I eat the leaves, prepared green fruit and raw ripe fruit too. The berries are speckled with white until fully ripe whereupon they turn black and shiny — shiny, that’s important. The berries I am trying to identify have only 2 seeds that closely resemble grape seeds in size and construct. The difference between the species is minor and can be just a little coloring on the seedlings. This is a staple for us as well as vegetables go, I’ve been eating this all my life growing up, however to read that it can be highly toxic is quite scary. Not delicious, but kind of like a mix between a blackberry and a tomato. 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. 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. But as time passed botanists had different opinions and the names were changed, or worse combined, such as Solanum nigrum var. Then she reports a sick horse may have grazed on the foliage. 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. The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. Served over hot rice and sometimes eaten with hands, no utensils. Blackberry Nightshade is an erect short lived perennial taprooted shrub. Now, I had names. To say it is a foggy, foraging family is an understatement. There is a non-native member of the Solancea family that has yellow berries when ripe with a very similar morphology. In Kenya four varieties of it grow and three are highly sought after. 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. But the others don’t. It has a slight bitter-sweet taste to it. [8] The green fruit is particularly poisonous and eating unripe berries has caused the death of children. Eureka! The sepals do not adhere to the fruit. 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. While they can all be found in most regions of the United States, the S. americanum favors the South, the S. nigrum the mid-west and the S. ptycanthum the north. 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. (DON”T TRY IT!) It would be a good idea to find someone who knows your native plants. My family eat the leave all the time. I took some up and put them in pits to try to observe them. Some of them have more jagged edges leaves, not smooth like the poisonous variety, but some have smooth leaves. What we don’t know, and I’ve never found in English, is whether the young plant boiled is edible. Today, I was determined to find some internet information on the Tamil malathangalikkai which I find growing in many places in the US. Tom, if you or anyone else would like some seed of Schwartzbeeren grown in or around Hays, Kansas, please contact me. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. It tends to have 40 to 110 seeds or more, 1 to 1.5 mm long. This would suggest growing some of what you think are either S. americanum or S. ptycanthum and looking at the underside of the young plants. I would be wary of any similar looking vine with purple flowers. I have traveled back up there but could not locate any plants would really love to make these heritage goodies again. [5] Some botanists have suggested that Solanum americanum may be conspecific with the European nightshade, S. After all these years of eating these I’ve finally found out what they are called. Yes! So glad to have found this site. Though ubiquitous and plentiful I avoided the “Black Nightshade” for years because of their reported toxicity even when ripe. It prefers moist soil. I have even saved the seeds from amaranth and lamb's quarters and planted them intentionally in the garden. I’m from New Orleans and this plant is called nightshade, as well as Morel by my family. 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.) We ate from those plants too. Cheers The S. ptycanthum is an annual or short-lived perennial that will grow to a yard or so but usually is shorter. The berries are fairly tasty, now that I know they’re safe. If I remember, Thayer said the green berries were edible when cooked. Yet, around the world for centuries many of the Black Nightshades are listed as edible if not highly esteemed. Totally ripe berries are edible. It is considered by some botanists to be more than one species, and others recognise subspecies. I suspect they also require a cooling period before germination in the spring when conditions are right. Some foraging books will tell you it is very edible and the dangers overrated; some will say it will kill you, don’t eat it. Do you know if there is a variety with purple flowers and berries that start green and ripen to red? Only 4 or 5 of the berries on the total plant have turned black now, though, so it could be that they are not as ripe as they will get? 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. Like the leaves, they are not toxic when cooked. 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). The others have smooth stems, but no red or maroon color under the leaves. The protein is rich in methionine. I recognized the flower as nightshade and the leaves look a lot like Solanum americanum but… I understand that the South American’s put this into soup and I’m sure they wouldn’t sell it if it were poisonous but would love to know if you have ever heard of this. They remind me a bit of the elderberries I used to pick as a kid in the UK. I have been eating the ripe berries for a while now. One plant has an incredibly hairy stem. Night shades can be leggy if growing through a hedge, but are more of a bush than a vine. Bruised leaves used externally to ease pain and reduce inflammation, also  applies to burns and ulcers. Your work is greatly appreciated. Frankly I don’t trust the Internet to such stuff and get most of what I know from books published before the Internet. I have just been calling it a pepper leaf plant! Solanum americanum, commonly known as American black nightshade, small-flowered nightshade or glossy nightshade is a herbaceous flowering plant of wide though uncertain native range. They get more toxic the more they ripen and are the most toxic when ripe yellow, and the most tempting. Its ripe fruit is edible as are its cooked leaves, according to Edward Schelling and Qi-sheng Ma, Department of Botany, University of Tennessee, as reported on page 223, Vol. 3) The S. nigrum has DULL black berries when ripe, and they tend to be larger than the other two. jackpot! [13], Significant amounts of solasodine (0.65%) have been found in the green berries. Its berries are light green or yellow when ripe and the leaves are so hairy that they may feel sticky. 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. It tends to be well- branched in the upper parts and the stems are usually nearly hairless and smooth. They are somewhat sensitive to the heat on my patio, with the leaves wilting until I water them in the afternoon. Photo by Green Deane. They tell me the names of them in my native language but I could never find out what they are called here. I think deadly nightshade has purple flowers and nigrum has white. Three reasons. Professor Julia Morton, in her book, Wild Plants for Survival in South Florida,  says fully ripe berries of the S. americanum are edible raw or cooked. There are no short cuts. Here in Florida it fruits nearly all year long. And I still pop a few in my mouth straigh off the plant. 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. It was called “a while.”  Thirdly, I had a close friend boil until tender the leaves of the S. americanum. 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. Some think S. ptycanthum is a North American native, some think it is a cross between the S. americanum and the S. nigrum. On top of that, the Old World plant, the original Black Nightshade, became naturalized in North America as well. He did not boil them a second time because he thought he had the leaves of a totally different plant. They go from green to dark purple/black. Berries have 40 to 110 seeds. Just a point of reference, not suggesting that anyone else try it if you didn’t grow up with it. 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. In the region of India the plant has many names and is firmly in the human food chain and very popular. thank you! On page 148 she says the ripe fruit taste sweet but the green fruit and leaves PROBABLY contain solanine. I’ve tried to grow these from seeds and it did not germinate so well. She believes my plants, here in northern Wisconsin, to be the same as was in Laos I’ve eaten leaves with no ill affects. Sandy. I don’t know and I do not recommend it. I never forage these from the wild. Thanks. Although there isn’t a whole lot of mass or flavor to them. 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. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to know that Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is an edible weed! 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? 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. The latter appeals to me but if the S. ptycanthum is a hybrid with the old world S. nigrum and not a native, how long was it around for the Indians to discover it, use it, and hold it in high esteem? My, While I have not personally proven this to myself regarding all three species mentioned here — the, Now, why boil the leaves twice? And, so glad to have found two South Indian responses to the article. 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. Solanum americanum is one of the most widespread and morphologically variable species belonging to the section Solanum. Edible strain of Black Nightshade? Furthermore, this plant can be easily mistaken for its always-poisonous and very deadly sister plant, Deadly Nightshade. I’d post a picture but not sure how to on this forum. 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 :). 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. We love this as a green that taste like no other. 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.) “. I do have night shade in our pastures. American Nightshade, Black Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade EDIBLE USES: Green unripe berries are toxic. Mature leaves alternate, they are pale green, soft, thin, almost translucent, oval to oval-lance shaped. The plant most commonly referred to as “deadly nightshade,” is Atropa belladonna, which is a highly unpleasant and toxic hallucinogen. The potted plant below the sign was Solanum nigrum not Atropa belladonna. I don’t double boil the leaves either. . First I thank you for all the information the internet is amazing! Should I be concerned about dyeing clothes with it? I got turned on to eating them after buying some ‘Wonderberries’ seeds, i.e. americanum. I’ve grown up eating the berries in spite of everyone say not to back in RUSSIA! can the americanum and ptychanthum be that similar that the only differing factor is the underside of a leaf? Thanks for the great website! The stem can be slightly hairy or on occasions hairless. With a living local guinea pig alive I had to give them a try. Parts of this plant can be toxic to livestock and humans, and it is considered a weed. I have eaten it in Karnataka, New Delhi Pune, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Texas, Alabama and in Florida with no ill effect ever. 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. 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. 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. I’ve had a couple these berries at once without any effect. Anyone into palm trees, check out my years of work on Palmpedia.net, the worlds only palm encyclopedia, edric (Ed Vaile). At present I’m picking ripe dark clusters of black berries which have previously gone green then purple. Thanks for the information best I’ve found so far on this plant. Their juice has been used for ringworm, gout and earaches. As a Eagle Scout one thing that we had been told. To say it is a foggy, foraging family is an understatement. They looked like the Huckleberries we grew before. I recognized the plant, but wished I could have confirmation on its edibility. We know that as the berries ripen and turn yellow they get even more toxic. Its cooked leaves and ripe fruit are edible. I don’t recommend the yellow berries either. Modern Greeks call it “Styfno. ‘Garden huckleberry’ is not at all related to the plant most people are refering to when they say ‘huckleberry’, which is a small shrub or bush (with woody stems) closely related to blueberries. Growing up I had heard these plants were poison and never consumed any, however I used to use these plants as a ladder to climb up buildings on the farm. Sam Thayer in his latest book, Nature’s Garden, also argues they are edible. Yet another example of common names being confusing. However, in central Spain, the great bustard (Otis tarda) may act as a seed disperser of European black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Is that possible? Here in lower Michigan it sometimes is a strongly held belief – among the Amish and others. 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. S. ptycanthum: Similar to americanum but young leaves and shoots maroon under leaf, fruit has seeds and crumbs. However there might be a little wiggle room, and that is shear speculation on my part. I have a plant that seems to match the description…the pulp inside the ripe berry is GREEN. Excellent informative article. It is usually boiled, them cooked down in oil with pig fat or salted meat. Let’s look at our main three: 1) A native first called S. nigrum then S. nigrum var. 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. American nightshade berries are never yellow. It is S. Americanum. You just boil water salt the water and throw it in and cook the young tender leaves until it is dark green. My problem is how to identify the sweet berries from which I can gain much – at least to make jam. Thanks for the very authoritative description of this plant. Then I learned of a local grocery store manager from Cuba who ate the ripe berries whenever he found them. Some maples are very small trees or shrubs that tend to have a bushy form with many small trunks. – American black nightshade Subordinate Taxa. We use them in specific gravies (not throw them into any gravy). This plant, however, is by several accounts entirely toxic. What that means is do not experiment on your own. 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. TIME OF YEAR: Summer in northern climes, year round in warmer areas. We know it changes over time for the worse. I am an anthropologist, and ethnobotanist, which is why I find this interesting. thanks. Use caution. Old timers and 0ld deer hunters pointed out this plant to me. They’re quite tasty. 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. Solanum nigrum (soLAYnum KNEEgrum, the Black Nightshade) is found in the Old World, Africa to India and beyond. Orchards, vineyards, crop fields, pastures, gardens, yards, fields, roadsides and other disturbed, unmanaged sites. The stem is NOT very hairy. Thanks for the article. Deadly nightshade is actually Atropa belladonna. The black fruit is edible as well but I don’t fancy it. That species is a puzzle. Some say the adult plant has some red under its leaves. Raw the entire plant is toxic, of that there is virtually no doubt. Most of these animals also have teeth that continue to grow in length for basically their entire lifetime; the origin of the saying that those who are old are ‘long in the tooth’. You go to the UFO page on the Green Deane Forum and attach photos there. In my garden I’ve reared a weed which has established itself in a pot 25cm high neighbouring an ornamental cactus. I am a raw vegan, and I have eaten the Black nightshade Black ripe berries and raw leaves in salads and smoothies and juices and I live, I think it needs more investigating.. Thanks for any help you can give. When the outside is black and shiny the inside is seedy and light green they should be mild to sweet. S. retroflexum is compact, typically growing to a height of one to two feet and can fruit when only four-inches tall. 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. I believed the green berries and leaves were poisonous but no the black berries. Any suggestions on how she go about getting rid of it so it doesn’t come back next year? Some weeds I let grow in my garden closely resemble your pictures and descriptions of these two. I know this plant, grew up eating it. This is what I see growing all over Indiana. I would leave it alone. It’s not my department, so I can’t add specifics….but they are quite serious about it as a natural curative…. The young tender leaves were washed in salt water, then boiled only once but for about 23 minutes. The plant is widely naturalised around the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans, including Hawaiʻi, Indochina, Madagascar and Africa, possibly via anthropogenic introduction in these locales. please help as i’m ‘dying’ to try one. Is there are way to tell the difference? Tons of it used to grow up all the buildings. Eating the leaves raw can make you sick. And this INCLUDES the green berries. Under cultivation leaves and stem tops are regularly harvested. The plants are all green now, about two feet high, with 4-7 berries per cluster. We know the plant does contain a toxic alkaloid. Pretty much a juicy mass of tiny seeds. 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. The latter used to blossom seasonally giving a beautiful scarlet red flower. To see of you can ID it? Would like to compare pictures, mine are also growing within my cherry tomatoes. “The toxicity of the species is quite variable in different varieties and in different parts of the world. I live on the Gold Coast in Australia and this plant grows everywhere here as a weed. These are not really a bush, since bushes, aka shrubs, have woody stems. Since most horses in America don’t graze enough to get the wear their incisors were designed for, their front teeth tend to be pushed outward as they age and lengthen. [12] Livestock can also be poisoned by high nitrate levels in the leaves. My little dog was chewing on one. Mansfeld’s Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops reports the cooked leaves and ripe berries are edible. Solanum americanum, commonly known as American black nightshade, small-flowered nightshade or glossy nightshade is an herbaceous flowering plant of wide though uncertain native range. Might it have been an unripe ground cherry? It seems like this has solved it. 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. Euell Gibbons reports using the ripe berries in pies and numerous other references indicate that the ripe cooked fruit may be safe. 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. Tasted just like a tomato. I eat the berries right off the plant when fully ripe. There are about 2,000 seeds to a gram. It should be on your toxic avoid list as well. Poisonous – The green berries are poisonous and contain solanine along with other nightshade toxins. The Mansfeld’s Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops also says the cooked leaves and ripe fruit are edible. 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). No doubt it is often confused as an adult with the S. americanum. As far as green berries go have no idea . He ended up with a headache. no one talks about the size of night shade! I have seen the nightshade with purple flowers growing down by our public beach in Traverse City, Michigan. 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. Three reasons. Find a local person who knows if your “Black Nightshade” is edible and how. They can be oval to triangular, no teeth or irregularly teethed. They also grow in an umbel cluster, that is, the stems of the berries all go back to generally ONE central point. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. Then, I went to google images and typed in “plant with green berries.” I found what I was looking for. They just pop up in my garden, on the roadsides.. in empty spaces everywhere. I highly recommend not to eat the black fruit or any old leaves. Yesterday 21.01.16 I saw some and as I was talking to my mother said that I’d have some. 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