Economic Botany

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 431–437 | Cite as

Your Poison in My Pie—the Use of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Leaves in Sakartvelo, Republic of Georgia, Caucasus, and Gollobordo, Eastern Albania

  • Rainer W. BussmannEmail author
  • Narel Y. Paniagua Zambrana
  • Shalva Sikharulidze
  • Zaal Kikvidze
  • David Kikodze
  • David Tchelidze
  • Manana Khutsishvili
  • Ketevan Batsatsashvili
  • Robbie E. Hart
  • Andrea Pieroni
Notes on Economic Plants


This paper reports on a subset of data of two independent ethnobotanical studies in Georgia and Albania/Macedonia. As part of the broader ethnobotanical interviews, participants were asked about their use of plants in general. When discussing the interviews of both regions, the authors found an interesting shared use of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) leaves in parts of both study regions, that had never been reported before, and decided to combine their data in this paper. While potatoes are widely grown for regular food purposes (use of the tubers) at all researched altitudes (from 500 to 2335 m) in both regions, potato leaves are normally regarded as toxic (Turner and von Aderkas 2009). We hypothesized that using them as food would be a custom of isolated high altitude villages, where fresh herbs would be rare, especially after the long winter, and that second, this custom would have been discontinued with increasing accessibility of the region after the construction of...


Potato Leave Local Dialect Mountain Community Prior Informed Consent Sour Cream 
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The authors thank all participants for their generous hospitality and friendship. We are hopeful that this and subsequent work in the area will help the communities meet their needs and aspirations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer W. Bussmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Narel Y. Paniagua Zambrana
    • 2
  • Shalva Sikharulidze
    • 3
  • Zaal Kikvidze
    • 4
  • David Kikodze
    • 3
  • David Tchelidze
    • 3
  • Manana Khutsishvili
    • 3
  • Ketevan Batsatsashvili
    • 3
  • Robbie E. Hart
    • 1
  • Andrea Pieroni
    • 5
  1. 1.William L. Brown CenterMissouri Botanical GardenSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Herbario Nacional de BoliviaInstituto de Ecología-UMSALa PazBolivia
  3. 3.Institute of Botany and Bakuriani Alpine Botanical GardenIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  4. 4.4-D Research InstituteIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  5. 5.University of Gastronomic SciencesPollenzoItaly

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