[NAFEX] Two Garden Huckleberrys
Brungardt, Sam (MPCA)
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Tue Aug 24 10:44:35 EDT 2010
Although I'e have had some people tell me that the raw berries sometimes cause intestinal upset, the garden variety of Solanum nigrum, has been eaten for generations in Europe. Known as Schwartzbeeren, it is a valued fruit among the Volga Germans, from which I am descended. It was especially valued because it produced a fruit in a hot, rather dry climate where few tree or bush fruits did well, on the steppes of southwestern Russia. Its ripe berries can be eaten raw and the Volga Germans use them to top Kuchen (and make pies in this country) as well as a sweet filling for a pasta, known as Maultaschen, which are something like the dessert version of Ukrainian vareniki or Polish pierogi. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA hardiness zone 4b)
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of mIEKAL aND
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 8:25 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Two Garden Huckleberrys
I've never had the guts to try it. How can you be sure that you that
you wouldn't have a toxic reaction?
On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:
> The Solanum that is sold as "Garden Huckleberry", in my opinion, tastes
> bad. It might be survival food but I'd have to be really hungry to eat it.
> Garden Nightshade, Solanum nigrum, on the other hand, mixed with some sugar
> and baked in a pie is delicious.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Fruit Farm
> 4002 Davis Street
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
> 1-218-831-7018 (My Cell)
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