Lycianthes pilifera is a perennial plant producing annual stems from a tuberous rootstock.
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. It is sometimes sold in local markets in Mexico[
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[
Southern N. America - Mexico.
A plant of the tropics and subtropics of Mexico.
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Only the fully ripe fruit should be eaten raw[
]. A pleasant flavour[
], the fruit is apple-scented[
Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frost.
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