Hey! You are picking my plant’s shoots. There were two chili pepper plants there two years ago so I thought he was harvesting young chili leaves.
He replied, Are you eating this too? Yes, of course. I do eat chili leaves.
He answered again and said it was not chili leaves. The plants he was harvesting were called “unti“.
It was another unfamiliar word for the taking. I came near and saw what it really was. I could not find the two chili plant that were there. All I see were weeds with succulent looking stems and numerous bead-like fruits.
I thought the group of plants are just weeds, growing under the partial shade of nara and himbabao tree. He further told me it is good as bulanglang with ripe tomatoes or as adjunct with other vegetable dishes.
I wanted to try it….
Very little information is available about this plant. Please help me list more. Every little knowledge you share would be of great help.
Thanks to Elsie for helping identify this weed! See comments below.
It is very similar to Solanum americanum, commonly called as Amarican black nightshade. Hmm.. I never thought it has a nice sounding English name. I am a bit sad as I have no more access to area where I first saw it. Hoping to cross path with this again for double confirmation.
The plants features, history, uses and toxicity are well discussed in eattheweeds.com. Follow the link below if you want to read more about it.
Here are the important things in case you are lazy like me. Fruits are poisonous when green but edible when ripe, colored black. Leaves and stalks are also edible. On the other hand, there are reports that fruits, wether green or ripe and leaves are poisonous. There were also reports of death.
If you are in doubt, don’t eat it.