What are the pros? Easy to Grow
What are the cons? Bland, Spiny, Space-Wasting
Started like tomatoes in mid-February, set out in the garden in late May. They grew well with no serious issues and are now producing well. And what do they produce? Well, the fruit is pretty enough and its seedy texture is somewhat raspberry-like, but flavor is bland and uninteresting, even when picked at peak ripeness---that is, when the calyx is fully open and drying and the berries part easily from the plant (or, sometimes, drop). There's a hint of watery tomato about some of them and---if you really use your imagination---you can *almost* detect something fruit-like in the occasional one. It's sometimes claimed that there's a lot of variation among individual plants---but I've 8 of these and none worth eating. Considering this nightshade's large size, sprawling habit (if not caged) and vicious, vicious spines---and they cover almost every surface of this plant---, it is really not worth the effort. If you want a tasty nightshade berry, just stick with ground cherries.
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