Also known as "Ghoma," this cousin of the eggplant has densely nutritious edible leaves. This variety originally hails from West Africa. Like any other eggplant, this tropical perennial can also be grown as an annual, reaching 2-4' tall and about as wide. A gorgeous edible ornamental, the small leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible. The greens are popular throughout West, Central, and East Africa and in Vietnam as well. Try blanching and sauteeing, similar to collard greens.
The importance of bitter greens in the diet has been well studied, and this heat- and drought-tolerant green is a perfect staple green for anyone looking for a boost of healthful bitter greens. A top-notch tropical permaculture plant! Featured in William Woys Weaver’s 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From.
Caution: Do not injest this plant without cooking.
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 10-15 Days
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Ideal Temperature: 75-95 F
- Plant Spacing: 18"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Solanum macrocarpon
Growing Tips: Start indoors in bright light 8-12 weeks before last frost date. Heat mat helps to warm soil and speed germination. Setting out larger transplants helps to fight pest pressure.