Easter Egg Plant

sarahbarah27(5)March 12, 2008

Does anyone know if this plant is poisonous? Its in the night shade family, and its says its an ornamental eggplant. Its Solanum ovigerum. I started some last week and just want to make sure they are safe to use in a childrens garden. I have also posted in the gorwing from seed forum.

Thanks

Sarah

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moonsanity(Zone 5)

Wow, there is a lot of differing information on this plant!
No where did it say it was toxic, so I think you are safe there. And I found this:

A fact sheet published by the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service explains the differences between this plant, S. ovigerum, (grown as an inedible ornamental plant) and white fruit varieties of S. melongena, which are edible:

Fruit color:
S. ovigerum fruit is white when immature but turn yellow as they mature.

S. melongena fruit remains white at maturity, some with a hint of green.

Fruit size:
S. ovigerum fruit typically remains small, resembling their namesake hen's eggs in size and shape.

S. melongena white varieties grow to typical eggplant size at maturity, significantly larger than the ornamental fruit.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 11:44AM
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lovemygarden218

No is not poisonous at all. Is edible you can use it to make lots of different dishes. Love it. In North America we call it Easter eggplant or the wonder plan. In West Africa we call it garden eggs.
Afua

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 12:57AM
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