GR012

Chichiquelite

GR012

Solanum melanocerasum. Not actually a tomato but a solanum cousin. Collected from Piedras Verdes, a Mayo community in Sonora, Mexico. Commonly called the garden huckleberry, the leaves are cooked (do not eat raw!) and the little black berries are edible and tasty. Delicious for pies, jellies, and jams but do require more sweeteners than other berries. Berries are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and produce abundantly over a long season. Do not eat unripe green berries, and do not eat raw in large quantities.  Berries are fully ripe when they turn from shiny to dull, a few weeks after first turning black.  Originated in the tropics of western Africa. From our Seed Bank Collection.

  • Approx. 350 seeds (0.1 g).
  • Limit 3 packets.
  • $3.25

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Davilyn Eversz
Lovely for the high desert

I have grown these for years....they are a perfect drought resistant plant. I grow them in the ground and in pots. Totally carefree plant, takes little water and provides sweet berries for me, the birds and the chickens. Although they say the leaves are toxic uncooked, the chickens eat them off the plant and never seem to be bothered. They are whitefly and spider mite magnets however and need protection. I have them inside insect net bought from greenhouse megastore.

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Missy
Yum!

While tiny,these berries are delicious!!!

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Brian Lucas
Prolific growers

I live in Gilbert and these things grow wild in my yard like weeds. They have come back year after year, and just grow as a weed among my other plants. I don't water them directly but they just get residual water from other plants. I don't cultivate or harvest them, just leave them for the birds mainly.