Often confused with the garden huckleberry, Solanum guineense, this species has smaller deep blue fruits[
Solanum x burbankii Bitter.
Common Name: Sunberry
Solanum retroflexum is an erect, annual plant growing around 60cm tall.
The plant is occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit[
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[
A hybrid of garden origin, possibly Solanum guineense x Solanum villosum.
Not known as a wild plant.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils[
]. Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named forms[
Fruit - raw or cooked. Not very appetizing raw, the flavour is improved by cooking[
]. We found the fruit to be much nicer than the rather similar S. nigrum guineense. Although smaller, it has a sweeter flavour[
]. Still not one of the most appetizing fruits to eat, though[
]. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter and is produced in small bunches[
Seed - sow in situ
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