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  • n. Specifically Solanum nigrum, and sometimes S. macrocarpon, S. scabrun, and S. villosum. A traditional green vegetable.


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  • Aubergines, with their creamy flesh and beautifully glossy, purple skins, are botanically a fruit, a member of the solanum or nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's aubergine recipes

  • The third (or, according to some accounts, fourth) time this happened, Crum, enraged, sliced the offending solanum tuberosum into wafer-thin slivers, deep-fried and over-salted the result, and sent the dish out again hoping the guy would choke on it.

    Crisps: a very British habit

  • High in vitamin C, pineapple has frequently been used as a homeopathic treatment for impotence. tomato (tomate, jitomate) Physalis, solanum lycopersicon: Although native to México, and an important part of the diet since pre-Hispanic times, the tomato was promoted as an aphrodisiac not by the Mexicans but by the French, who called it the "love apple."

    Food For Valentine's Day: Mexican Native Aphrodisiacs

  • • Members of the solanum family Solanaceae include eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes.

    Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

  • Various curious new plants and fruits appeared; amongst others a solanum, the berry of which was a very pleasant-tasted fruit.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

  • The green berries may contain poisonous solanum alkaloids and should not be eaten.

    Chapter 7

  • Every useful plant had not only an identity but a story: a pungent leaf used for fever, a poison capable of killing fish in half a mile of river, a solanum first planted by the jaguar, another employed as a treatment for scorpion bites.

    One River

  • And a new _solanum_, with spines the colour of gold.

    A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792

  • As soon as the water begins to boil the would-be lycanthropist must throw into it handfuls of any three of the following substances: Asafoetida, parsley, opium, hemlock, henbane, saffron, aloe, poppy-seed and solanum; repeating as he does so these words: --


  • [2] 'Sium, acarum vulgare, pentaphyllon, the blood of a flitter mouse, solanum somniferum, and oleum.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe A Study in Anthropology


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