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Solanum aethiopicum seed

Uses: Culinary/Medicinal  
(Mock tomato; Ethiopian nightshade) The deeply creased bright red fruits look a little like miniature beefsteak tomatoes. But the ripe red fruits are too bitter for most, which is why the plant is sometimes called "mock tomato". The immature green fruits are said to be less bitter but are probably still too bitter for most western tastes. The young leaves are edible and are cooked and eaten across Africa, from the Horn of Africa to West Africa. Each country has its own form and this particular one is from a small village in Uganda. Easy to grow as a summer annual. Like eggplants start seeds indoors and transplant to a sunny, well-drained location after the threat of frost is past.