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Friday, March 30, 2012

Let's talk about Nightshade vegetables and fruits:

Edible Nightshade Foods

Let's talk about Nightshade vegetables and fruits.

The Nightshade vegetables/fruits include:

Alkaloids (ie: tobacco)
Sweet and Hot Peppers

Many people grow other Nightshade vines and plants for their beautiful flowers and decorative berries, which are highly toxic.

To see a more comprehensive listing of these vegetables-fruits-flowers-berries, and how they are used in our daily lives, please click here.

True or False: Raw or Undercooked Eggplant is poisonous and unhealthy to consume. At one time my husband and I adhered to that school of thought, until we did further research. It appears that age, preparation, and frequency of consumption all play a part in when and how much Eggplant, or any Nightshade produce, to eat. 

Woody Nightshade-Flower

According to the Huffington Post, the answer is FALSE.

False, raw eggplants are not poisonous. However, the leaves and flowers of the plant can be toxic. Plants in the nightshade family -- which includes eggplants, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos -- contain an alkaloid called solanine, which in very large doses can be poisonous. For the average adult, 400 mg of solanine would be life-threatening. Vegetables in the nightshade family contain anywhere from 2 to 13mg of solanine and eggplants contain 11mg at the most. So you would have to eat 36 raw eggplants to cause any harm.
Therefore, there's no need to be concerned about eating reasonable amounts of raw eggplant. You should, however, be wary of green potatoes. They turn green when they're exposed to the light, skyrocketing their solanine levels -- so eating green potatoes is not recommended. Neither is eating the leaves of any nightshade plant.
There are some people -- a very small percentage of the population -- who are allergic to nightshade vegetables and cannot eat them. Other people might find that brushing up against the plants causes skin irritation, but it's no more than itching. As we know, these vegetables are not poisonous, otherwise we wouldn't be eating potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, etc.
We of course do enjoy fresh tomatoes raw, but potatoes and eggplants? They're not so tasty raw, but that doesn't mean they can't be eaten raw. So the moral of the story is ... keep eating eggplant! It's delicious in many forms.

Woody Nightshade Berries

According to Answers.com, Eggplant and all Nightshade plants should be used with caution:  

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