Bitter Tomato Eggplant

Bitter Tomato

(African eggplant)

(Solanum aethiopicum)

“[…] one of the five most common vegetables in Sub-Saharan Africa. It followed the slaves to Brazil and the Caribbean and later followed migrants to southern Italy;, but is virtually unknown elsewhere. And yes it is bitter. But when picked young and combined with other ingredients it is absolutely delicious. The unripe or ripe fruits are boiled, steamed, pickled, or added to stews with other vegetables or meats and the leaves are cooked like spinach. Needs warm sunny conditions. Start early indoors.” (Richters Seed Zoo, 2024)