Garden Berries

Otricoli Orange Berry

(Solanums nigrum) 70 days. Here’s a most unusual Nightshade plant, collected originally by the Gettles in Umbria, Italy in the ancient roman site of Ocriculum. It was found growing along the Tiber river growing with the common black nightshade, (S. nigrum) Plants reach 2-3 feet tall, having typical nightshade leaves and white flowers. The small berries have a lot of visual interest being a bright orange—not at all the dark purple that you might expect. At maturity the plants are positively covered in clusters of brilliant orange! This species has been used as food for millenia, and we eat them here, but since this is a wild variety, we suggest eating them with caution, until you are positive you do not have sensitivities to them.


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