Solanum hirsutissimum Standl.
Solanum pectinatum is an erect, divergently-branched, coarsely prickly shrub growing 1 - 2 metres tall[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is sometimes cultivated in gardens for this fruit[
]. Many attributes make this plant a promising species for agriculture. The fruits are large and glabrous at maturity and have a delightful sweet-tart flavour. The species could be widely cultivated at low and middle elevations in the tropics. The species should be studied for its agricultural potential by tropical plant breeders[
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[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico.
Stream banks, secondary thickets, and forest openings in rain forest and premontane forest, at elevations from sea level to 1,500 metres[
Fruit - raw or cooked. The pale orange flesh has a delightful sweet-acid flavour[
]. The pulp is acid, but the sugar content is relatively high and the flavour somewhat aromatic[
]. The juicy fruit is best cooked with some sugar[
]. The skin of the fruit has a fuzzy surface that should be brushed off, or perhaps thinly peeled[
]. The ellipsoid or subglobose, orange fruit is 35 - 50mm long, somewhat smaller in diameter,[
The plant is used to treat stings[
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