Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, and Other Solanaceous Vegetables



Solanaceae is mainly a tropical family of about 75 genera and 2000 species. The more important vegetable genera are Solanum (potato and eggplant), Lycopersicon (tomato), and Capsicum (pepper). The Solanaceae, widely known as the nightshade family, also includes some poisonous alkaloid-containing species such as belladonna (Atropa belladonna), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum), henbane (Hyoscyamusniger), Jimson weed (Datura stramonium), climbing nightshade (Solanumdulcamara), and widely used tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). Some genera, particularity Solanum, can be extremely poisonous and caution is advised before consumption. The potato, Solanum tuberosum, is discussed in Chapter 9. Following are some of the cultivated solanaceous vegetables, most, with the exception of Chinese box thorn, are grown for their edible fruit.


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  1. 1.Department of Vegetable CropsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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