African nightshade, black nightshade, garden huckleberry (En); morelle de Guinée, brède martin, crève-chien, morelle noire (Fr); hierba mora, llague, pintamora, tomatitos (Sp); 木龍葵 (Cn)
East, South and Southeast Asia, tropical Africa, South Pacific, North America, the Caribbean
S. nigrum, S. aethiopicum Shum group
Young shoots and leaves are blanched, boiled or stir-fried, cooked with other vegetables or added to soups. Berries are bitter in taste and usually not eaten.
Beta-carotene: extremely high in leaves; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: medium to high; ascorbic acid: high to extremely high; calcium: medium; iron: medium; protein: 2.0-4.0%. Leaves contain also some alkaloids.
Read more: African nightshade, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center