Vegetable Seeds

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 with the common black nightside (S. nigrum) along the Tiber River. 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 millennia, 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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