By Génevé, Alain; Génevé, Marie-Jeanne

Wild Fruit is a box advisor to fruit often present in the wild in Britain and northerly Europe. The plant descriptions contain details on identity for 220 end result, and comprise tasting notes and ancient information regarding the plant’s medicinal makes use of. Over four hundred colour pictures express the crops at varied issues of their adulthood, assisting in exact identification.

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Velvety nightshade, flowers. VELVETY NIGHTSHADE 37 Solanum chenopodioides . Solanaceae T his plant, also known as petty morel, is easily mistaken for the more common black night­ shade, but on closer inspection it reveals some identifying features. Plants of the genus Solanum are full of surprises; the colour of the fruit is variable, as is the shape of the leaves and the appearance of the downy hairs that cover the stems and leaves. The stem of velvety nightshade has slender branches and is woody at its base.

Its small flowers, which are made up of a calyx consisting of five rounded lobes and a larger white star-shaped corolla, cluster together to form cymes. Its stamens have long anthers gathered together in a compact yellow tube, from which the stigma emerges. The plant’s fruit takes the form of spherical berries (8–10 mm) that change colour from green to black. The mature berries can be found coexisting alongside flowers on the same plant. The dried remains of the sepals are visible at the base of the berries, which form small hanging clusters.

Solanaceae C Black nightshade, fruit. Black nightshade, yellow-fruited variety. DID YOU KNOW? S. nigrum var. chlorocarpum is yellow-fruited. S. nigrum var. atriplicifolium is dentate-leaved. v 30–80 cm Wild Fruit June/September August/October 0–1000 m Toxic ommon along the edges of freshly ploughed fields, black nightshade (also known as hound nightshade and garden nightshade) is noted for its ability to attract and kill certain insects. It is there­ fore planted with potato crops to control potato beetles.

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