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Black Nightshade ID'

 
Shailor Clark
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Location: Roanoke Island, North Carolina
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This plant came up in a pot I have peppers growing in.
It has little white flowers as you can see in the picture and berry like fruits with a lot of white seeds in the middle.
The front doesn't have a smell to it when I opened it, but it sure looks tasty.

These pictures were taken about a week ago, there is a lot more ripe fruit on it now.
I live on the coast of North Carolina, some of the potting soil was used from an old pot so it could be something that we unknowingly planted.

Any ideas?


I can take more pictures if need be.
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Isaac Hill
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Black Nightshade - Solanum Nigrum

Some people think they're poisonous but they have been eaten by many cultures. I eat the berries and find them delicious, some people even eat the leaves.
I've even seen this sold in seed catalogs as "Garden Huckleberry"
 
Shailor Clark
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Interesting

I just read a few different web pages about solanum nigrum and all had mixed views.

Now I can see it in my Edible Wild Plant guide
"Warning: Although there is some controversy as to the edibility of the fully ripe berries, they should be left alone. The green berries contain solanine and can be fatal if eaten in sufficient quantity."

Though apparently like you said many cultures do eat the berries & even make jam from them as well as the leaves well-cooked.

I eat plenty of other greens so I don't figure I'll be using them for that but I could always have more berries around..

So I decided to go try one!

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Well! It was kind of like.. a watermelon rind/slightly licorice-flavored extra large blueberry!?
But it wasn't very sweet.

Lots of little white seeds got spit into the edge of an herb garden.

Thanks for the reply.

About how often do you eat these?

We DID get a free packet of "garden huckleberry" seeds this year from a company we got dwarf trees from and some of the seeds did get scattered around here and there....!? Hmmm. However.. I dont see anyone using that name for Black nightshade.
 
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I haven't eaten more than about two cups at a time, mostly because there just aren't very many of them. They taste like a blueberry and a cherry tomato mixed to me.

EDIT: If you google "garden huckleberry" images of Black Nightshade pop up. That may be where this lil guy came from.
 
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