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Useful Tropical Plants

Jaltomata procumbens

(Cav.) J.Gentry.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Jaltomata edulis Schltdl.

Saracha allogona (Bernh. ex Schltdl.) Schltdl.

Saracha caracasana Bitter

Saracha chihuahuensis Bitter

Saracha diffusa Miers

Saracha edulis (Schltdl.) Thell.

Saracha jaltomata Schltdl.

Saracha laxa Miers

Saracha microsperma Bitter

Saracha miersii Dunal ex A.DC.

Saracha nitida Bitter

Saracha procumbens (Cav.) Ruiz & Pav.

Saracha sessilis Greene

Solanum allogonum Bernh. ex Schltdl.

Witheringia diffusa Miers

Witheringia procumbens (Cav.) Miers

Common Name: Jaltomate

Jaltomata procumbens
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Uleli
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General Information

Jaltomate is an annual or short-lived perennial plant growing 30 - 120cm tall.
The edible fruit is much appreciated locally and is avidly gathered from the wild[
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Trade Winds Fruit
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The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
]. The plant also produces edible leaves and root. The fruit is sold in local markets[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Known Hazards

Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References


Range

Western S. America north through Central America to Mexico and southwest N. America.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Plants are probably not frost hardy, but can be grown in temperate areas as a summer annual, producing fruit in just a couple of months from seed[
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Title
Trade Winds Fruit
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
].
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
377
Title
Trade Winds Fruit
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
].

Edible Uses

The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as a potherb[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Fruit - raw or cooked in jams etc[
377
Title
Trade Winds Fruit
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
]. The sweet black fruits can also be dried for later use[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. They are eagerly sought by the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

The roots can be eaten raw or boiled[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. They are often cooked with radishes[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - usually germinates in 1 - 6 weeks[
377
Title
Trade Winds Fruit
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The on-line catalogue of a company selling seeds. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.
].

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