Nightshade Vegetables
Nightshade Vegetables belong to the nightshade family of plants which bear edible and inedible fruits and vegetables. Some nightshade plants bear deadly, poisonous berries!
Some of these annual and perennial plants bear fruit and vegetables which are suitable as family foods and provide high nutritional value and health benefits. Some of the popular types of nightshade vegetables include tomatoes, aubergine otherwise named eggplant, potatoes and peppers.
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Nightshade Vegetables

There is another name or term given to this particular group or family of plants, veggies and fruits - the name is Solanum. Other names of nightshades may include horsenettles, Solanum dulcamara, woody and bittersweet nightshade. The types of plants which grow nightshade vegetables and fruits vary from vines to trees.

The Deadly Nightshade plant is a plant that produces highly dangerous and poisonous berries, sometimes called cherries. The berries look very attractive and could be mistaken for being edible when in actual fact they're very toxic! Black nightshade can also bear fruit that is poisonous, therefore, it is very important to know the facts about the foods which you are picking to eat!

Children should be told not to eat things from plants or trees if they are not sure whether or not it is edible! Many plants from this group can be used to make powerful medicines! This group is also known as the Solanaceae family, these plants provide food, spices and medicine.

Nightshade List

Datura (Angel's Trumpets)
Mandragora (Mandrake)
Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade - see information above for more details)
Lycium barbarum (Wolfberry or Goji Berry)
Physalis philadelphica (Tomatillo Fruit)
Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry flower)
Capsicum (Chili pepper, bell pepper)
Solanum (Potato, eggplant, tomato)
Nicoatiana (Tobacco)
Petunia (Petunioideae)


Nightshade Vegetables

The following list includes some of the most popular nightshade vegetables:

Bell Pepper
Chili Pepper
Potato (not sweet potato)
Sweet Pepper

For information and facts about individual nightshade vegetables, please visit the main index and select the specific vegetable where you will find detailed information about the health benefits, vitamins, calories, carbs and overall nutritional value.

Nightshade vegetables contain solanine which is a substance that is believed to encourage inflammation of the joints and muscle pain, this is why it is suggested that there may be a link between nightshade and arthritis. A good way of neutralizing the solanine content is to cook, roast of bake nightshade vegetables with miso soup.

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