Plant A Day – West Indian Nightshade

West Indian Nightshade Solanum ptycanthum

West Indian Nightshade
Solanum ptycanthum

It is written that “The berries of Black Nightshade are edible to humans, if they are fully ripe and eaten in small quantities.”  If not, I suppose you die.  Another book states “Personally, I consider the whole plant potentially deadly and leave it alone.”  Euell Gibbons made pies from the berries.  So, what to do?!  Here’s a very detailed explanation of the plant – Eat The Weeds.  If you’re adventurous, at least wait until they turn black and ripe.

Unripe berries

Unripe berries

The flowers and berries can be on the plant at the same time

The flowers and berries can be on the plant at the same time

The leaves can be somewhat variable in shape

The leaves can be somewhat variable in shape

The whole plant is a foot or two tall

The whole plant is a foot or two tall

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